Coronavirus variants spreading rapidly in Germany, health minister warns

The proportion of cases resulting from the coronavirus mutation first detected in the UK is doubling every week, officials say.

Berlin, Feb 18 : The more contagious variants of coronavirus are spreading rapidly in Germany, Minister of Health Jens Spahn told journalists here.

Two weeks ago, the number of cases resulting from the mutation first discovered in the UK was just 6%. Officials fear that despite a reduction in the number of new cases, this could cause another surge in infections.

Citing data from the Robert Koch Institute for infectious diseases, Spahn said:

Germany “must assume” the variant will soon become “dominant here.”

The percentage of cases resulting from the variant is “doubling every week.”

Another 1.5% of cases are caused by the variant first detected in South Africa.

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