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A new coronavirus strain that contains similarities to both the British and South African variants has been discovered in Norway.

Within the past 24 hours, about a dozen cases of the new variant named B.1.525 have been recorded in the country, national broadcaster NRK reported.

Quote:"We do not yet know if it is more contagious, but it can be. There are changes at the site in the virus that may have a bearing on infectivity", Line Vold, department head at the National Institute of Public Health (FHI), told NRK.

The Norwegian Institute of Public Health previously discovered a number of mutations, and Vold described it as a natural development for the virus to change all the time. According to Vold, it is impossible to say whether it is an imported or domestic infection.

At present, the British mutation accounts for every sixth infection in Oslo, and has spread to a number of other municipalities. So far, around 700 cases have been discovered nationwide. Additionally, 42 cases of the South African mutation have been detected, and researchers are unsure whether the vaccine works against it.

Overall, Norway has seen over 67,000 cases of COVID-19, with over 600 fatalities.