A new coronavirus variant with three mutations "of biological significance" has been detected in 11 countries, according to a new academic report. This new variant, B.1.525, has been found on several continents, academics at the University of Edinburgh noted in an assessment of the variant published on Monday.

Below are countries where it has been found:

  • United States

  • Canada

  • Denmark

  • United Kingdom

  • France

  • Belgium

  • Spain

  • Nigeria

  • Ghana

  • Jordan

  • Australia

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Experts argue more must be done to protect society’s vulnerable populations after a study revealed that individuals with dementia are at an increased risk of getting COVID-19.

Researchers from Case Western University studied electronic health record data from 61.9 million American adults and found the risk for contracting COVID-19 is twice as high for people with dementia than for those without it, according to the report published Tuesday in Alzheimer’s & Dementia: The Journal of the Alzheimer’s Association.


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In recent weeks, scientists have sounded the alarm about new variants of the coronavirus that carry a handful of tiny mutations, some of which seem to make vaccines less effective.

But it is not just these small genetic changes that are raising concerns. The novel coronavirus has a propensity to mix large chunks of its genome when it makes copies of itself. Unlike small mutations, which are like typos in the sequence, a phenomenon called recombination resembles a major copy-and-paste error in which the second half of a sentence is completely overwritten with a slightly different version.


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