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Mutant Covid-19 variant from Kent 'will become dominant and sweep world' says expert

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strain was first found in Kent before it "swept the country," and now it is likely to take over the world "in all probability," says Professor Sharon Peacock.Prof Peacock's comments were made while speaking on the BBC's Newscast podcast.It comes as the Kent variant has been detected in more than 50 countries since being reported in September 2020.The mutant strain was first reported in south-east England and was known to be faster-spreading than the original variant.Since its emergence, the UK has been placed into a third lockdown in a bid to prevent the rapid spread of coronavirus.Prof Peacock, director of the Covid-19 Genomics UK consortium, said: "What's really affected us at the moment is transmissibility."She added: "Once we get on.

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