‘Dodged a bullet’: Melbourne lockdown may have prevented more deadly Covid-19 variant

Posted by on January 28, 2021 7:49 pm
Categories: Global Stories

Researchers say the variant that swept Victoria during last year’s second wave was mutating into something more worrying

A variant of Covid-19 similar to the one that spread rampantly in the UK would likely have developed in Victoria during last year’s second wave had Melbourne not gone into an extended lockdown, a leading virologist says.

Associate Professor Stuart Turville from the Kirby Institute at the University of New South Wales said when his laboratory examined samples from patients as part of a study called “ADAPT” in Sydney, they started to see key differences in those infected with the virus during the second wave.

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