By Sarah Keane • 21 December 2020 • 14:52
TOP German Covid expert says he is ‘not worried’ about the threat of a new mutant strain
Top German virologist Christian Drosten told Deutschlandfunk radio on Monday, December 21, that he is “not so worried” about the mutant Covid variant raging through southeast England and believes a lot of the details have been exaggerated by politicians.
‘I wonder whether a scientist gave an estimate, perhaps asked what he would say if he had to give a figure, and then it takes on a life of its own. Then it enters politics and politicians use this figure and the media takes it up. ‘Suddenly there’s a figure out there, 70 per cent, and nobody even knows what it means,’ Drosten said.
He added that it’s unusual for political figures to be quoting scientific information to the media and is sceptical about whether the surging numbers in London and the South East were actually caused by this new strain of Covid.
‘The question is – was it the virus’s fault, or was it simply that in the area where this virus happened to be… methods of transmission came into play which would have brought any other virus to the surface?,’ Drosten asked.
The outspoken virologist’s remarks are in stark contrast with opinions from the UK government, with Boris Johnson announcing on Saturday that the increase in cases in the South ‘is now being driven by the new variant of the virus’.
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Former teacher and health services manager with a Degree in English, Sarah moved to Spain from Southern Ireland with her husband, who runs his own car rental business, in 2019. She is now enjoying a completely different pace and quality of life on the Costa Blanca South, with wonderful Spanish and expat friends in Cabo Roig. Sarah began working with Euro Weekly News in 2020 and loves nothing more than bringing all the latest national and international news to her local community.
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