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Mutation Helps Coronavirus Spread, says Virologist

Róbert Panyi 2020.07.30.

According to virologists at the National Public Health Center (NPHC), the spread of the coronavirus may be facilitated by mutations in the genome of the virus.

It appears that mutations having occurred since this spring have contributed to the spread of the coronavirus, Zoltán Kis, a virologist at the NPHC said on Thursday. He added that the heat sensitivity of the virus turns out to depend on the resilience of its shell.

Coronavirus: Registered Infections in Hungary Increase by 19
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The number of registered coronavirus infections in Hungary has increased by 19 to 4,484 over the past 24 hours, koronavirus.gov.hu said on Thursday morning. The number of fatalities remains unchanged at 596, while 3,346 people have made a recovery. There are 542 active infections and 76 coronavirus patients are being treated in hospital for Covid-19, […]Continue reading

“The fast spread of the coronavirus is in large part due to its novelty to our bodies,” Kis said.

Researchers in China have already identified 19 different mutations of the coronavirus and found that these strains can be traced back to a virus present in bats about 70 years ago.

Featured photo by Tamás Sóki/MTI.