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A more dangerous and infectious Covid strain found in Lebanon.

PCR tests administered in Lebanon in the past few days have shown a change in the genetic makeup of coronavirus (COVID-19), an official has revealed.

“50% of the tests during the past days showed the presence of a new type of virus, the danger of which is that it spreads faster,” MP Ali Al-Miqdad, a member of the Parliamentary Health Committee, told the National News Agency on Friday.

PCR tests conducted in two major laboratories in Lebanon showed a genetic change in the virus, Al-Miqdad said, adding that it is not yet known whether Lebanon is facing “a new type of virus or coronavirus has developed itself.”

The MP noted an increase in the infection rate among the youth, stressing that the public health situation in Lebanon “has reached the danger level that we have always warned of, as we now don’t find places for patients, even in hospital emergency rooms.”


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New coronavirus variant identified in German hospital.

The article says it's different from the UK, South African and Brazilian variants, and that it's too early to say if it's more contagious. But with 35 out of 73 patients and staff in the hospital infected with it, it certainly seems to be more contagious.

"A new variant of the coronavirus has been identified in a hospital in Garmisch-Partenkirchen, a Bavarian ski town, local media reported Monday.

Last Tuesday, the hospital discovered an "abnormality" for the first time in a coronavirus test device that indicated it was not one of the variants from the U.K., South Africa, or Brazil, said Clemens Stockklausner, deputy medical director at the hospital, during a press conference.

Samples of the virus have been sent to the Charité hospital in Berlin, he said, adding that it's too early to say whether this variant is more contagious or aggressive than the original coronavirus.

According to Stockklausner, there are currently 73 infected individuals in the hospital, including members of staff. Thirty-five of those 73 are infected with the unknown variant of the virus. Pandemic precautions at the facility have been tightened.

The news came as the German government — worried by recent case data from the U.K. and Ireland — is preparing another meeting between Chancellor Angela Merkel and the 16 state leaders to discuss a tightening of measures and an extension of the lockdown, currently scheduled to end on January 31.

Bavarian Premier Markus Söder, a potential successor to Merkel, was among those calling on Monday for an extension of the current lockdown until at least mid-February.

"After all, so far the current lockdown has been slowing down the more dangerous virus variant," Söder told local media."

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