The delta variant of the coronavirus is still the most common form of the virus in Denmark. But a new version of the Delta variant has begun to spread, according to the Danish Department of Health. About ten attacks a week are being recorded and the first outbreak of this new variant of the Delta was reported in Denmark on 4 August.
This sub-variant of Delta has been named ‘AY.4.2’ (Un.4.2). At least 10 per cent of those infected in the UK to date have been infected by the new sub-variant, said Danish Health Minister Magnus Heunik. According to the British Health Authority, they have evidence that the sub-variant is slightly more contagious and frightening than the original Delta variant.
Health Minister Hyunik assured on Twitter that he hoped the new variant would not cause much concern. “It’s not growing, so we’re not worried right now,” he said. However, we are closely monitoring both the transmission and its transmission by YY.4.2.
Studies have shown that the sub-variant spreads more easily than the original delta variant and is more contagious than the original delta variant. Francois Ballocks, head of the Genetics Institute at University College London, told the BBC: “AY.4.2 is probably about 10 per cent more contagious than the original Delta variant. This is nothing compared to what we saw during Alpha and Delta. Alpha and Delta were about 50 or 60 percent more contagious than other variants at the time, which was very difficult to handle. “It’s good that we’re aware and very comfortable that we have enough resources and infrastructure to monitor everything suspicious,” he added.
Although the sub-variant has not yet been described as a ‘worrying variant’, researchers have identified it as a particularly significant variant. And because of that, the sub-variant was not named after the Greek alphabet like other coronaviruses. So far no evidence has been found that YY.4.2 can cause symptoms of other diseases or increase the risk of death for an infected person.
On October 29, all parties in the Danish parliament met to discuss the new coronavirus infection. This sub-variant of Delta has been found in the bodies of 6 patients in Sweden in the last one week. A handful of incidents of Delta sub-variant AY.4.2 have also been reported in other Scandinavian countries, according to the countries’ health departments.