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Germany: British variant of the coronavirus present with over 22% of covid infections

According to Health Minister Jens Spahn, the British covid variant is already present in more than 22 percent of all positive corona tests. – We must take into account that this option may soon become dominant also in Germany – he said

The British covid variant of the coronavirus is spreading more and more in Europe. It is already the dominant strain of incl. in Great Britain, Italy and Sweden.

Until two weeks ago, the mutation rate of the UK covid variant was 6%. Today (February 17, 2021) it has risen to over 22 percent in Germany. In contrast, the mutation that first appeared in South Africa is much less common. It is recorded in 1.5 percent of infections in Germany. This data is based on 23,000 positive test results analysed by the Robert Koch Institute (RKI).

READ MORE: Germany: government plans free coronavirus tests for all citizens from March 1

The European Molecular Biology Laboratory in Heidelberg estimates that variant B.1.1.7 is 30 to 50% more contagious.

Federal Health Minister Jens Spahn announced on Wednesday that quick tests for the coronavirus in Germany will be free for everyone from March 1. He hopes that they will help to reduce the number of new infections. You can read more about free tests HERE .