First case of the new Coronavirus variant detected in Malaysia

Two cases of a new coronavirus variant that has a protein spike mutation that reportedly evades the immune system, have been detected in Malaysia.

The Malaysian director general of health Noor Hisham Abdullah said in a statement that variant, known as B.1.525, was found in two foreigners who had arrived from Dubai, the United Arab Emirates,

Further analysis indicated the presence of protein spike mutations such as E484K as well as protein deletions seen in a variant first detected in Britain, Hisham said.

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