Norway: 70 infected with Delta #coronavirus variant – 7 were fully vaccinated

Approx. 70 Norwegians have been infected with coronavirus after two concerts in a culture house in Færder Municipality last week, and many of them have been diagnosed with the Delta variant – the variant that was first found in India.    More...

Russia: “Moscow” #coronavirus variant – 1,705 new patients, 468 on ventilators, 71 deaths in one city in one day

Moscow has documented 6,805 new COVID-19 cases on June 15. A total of 1,705 people have been hospitalized over the past day. There are 468 people hooked up to ventilators currently, and 71 patients have died in the past 24 hours.    More...

UK: Delta #coronavirus variant could push R to 7 without mitigations says PHE chief

Dr Susan Hopkins, Public Health England’s strategic COVID-19 response director, told the Science and Technology Committee of the UK Parliament today that if the Delta variant B16712 was “unmitigated”, left to spread without any lockdown restrictions, the R number could become “greater than five and maybe up to seven”.    More...

India: second lion dies of #coronavirus at Vandalur Zoo near Chennai

A 12-year-old Asiatic lion, Pathmanathan, has died from Covid-19 in Arignar Anna Zoological Park, popularly known as Vandalur Zoo, outside Chennai on Wednesday morning, a statement from the zoo authority said. This is the second coronavirus-related death reported from the zoo after nine-year-old lioness Neela, who succumbed to the infection on June 3.    More...

Preprint: surges in #coronavirus cases associated with NTD deletions common in vaccine breakthrough infections or reinfections

Researchers find that surges in COVID-19 case numbers are associated with deletions in the SARS-CoV-2 genome in an antigenic site of the spike protein. Some of these mutations are present in vaccine breakthrough infections or reinfections.    More...

Human and viral protein impurities found in AstraZeneca’s #coronavirus vaccine

“Researchers in Germany report substantial amounts of human and viral proteins in AstraZeneca’s coronavirus vaccine. Although the study is not yet peer reviewed, it suggests that these impurities could be linked to the strong reaction seen in many people two to three days after their jab. The preprint also states that it is conceivable, albeit doubtful, that these proteins could be linked to rare blood-clotting events.    More...

Sweden: farmed mink outbreaks saw mink infecting humans with #coronavirus

A majority of genome sequences from human cases had clear phylogenetic relationships to sequences recovered from mink samples. Sequences from humans and mink from the same mink farms clustered closely together, suggesting within-farm human-to-mink and/or mink-to-human transmission. In sequences from two human samples from one of the negative mink farms the mutation Y453F, considered as an adaptation to mink, was observed.    More...

Russia: “Moscow” #coronavirus variant strain announced

“In the capital Moscow, there is now an increase in the incidence of COVID-19, which is higher than the average in Russia. According to Russian Immunologist Vladimir Bolibok, the new strain caused the growth of Covid patients. It can be called the “Moscow” strain. The most important reason for the increase in coronavirus infections, in all likelihood, could be the emergence of our own, Moscow, strain,” says Bolibok.

According to him, this COVID-19 mutation began to spread within Russia. Perhaps the strain did not originate in Moscow itself, but once in a metropolis, it began to spread rapidly.    More...

UK: Delta variant spread eerily similar to that of Alpha #coronavirus variant in January 2021

It seems that Sars-CoV-2 prefers particular areas of the UK.  North West England is once again one of the worst hit areas in Britain in June 2021, but even rural areas such as Wiltshire and Cornwall have higher infection rates than neighbouring counties which is similar to the spread of the B.1.1.7 Alpha variant in January 2021.
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UK: New registry for keepers of mink, ferrets, polecats, stoats & hybrids #coronavirus

“Ferrets, mink and other members of the mustelinae family are particularly susceptible to SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19. They can infect members of their own species and there is evidence that mink can pass the infection back to humans.”    More...