New outbreak shows virus could be mutating

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Fresh cases
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Fresh cases

Months after the outbreak first began, China is now seeing fresh cases where the coronavirus is manifesting differently than it did back in December.

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Is it adapting?
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Is it adapting?

Chinese doctors suspect that the pathogen is changing - in ways yet unknown - making efforts to eradicate, or at best nullify it, much more complex.

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New cases, new effect
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New cases, new effect

The fresh cases in the Asian country are showing signs of carrying the virus for much longer than during the first wave, and as a consequence taking a lot longer to test negative.

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Longer incubation
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Longer incubation

Initially, scientists put the incubation period of the virus close to 14 days. However, the new cases appear to be taking longer than the one to two weeks observed in Wuhan to develop symptoms after infection.

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The mutation question
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The mutation question

Findings suggest that the uncertainty about the virus, and the second wave will hinder governments’ efforts to curb spread and re-open their battered economies.

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