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Coronavirus: What you need to know about the 'Nepal variant'

By Sally Cutler, Professor, Medical Microbiology, University of East London
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When Portugal was recently removed from England’s green list for travel, the UK transport secretary, Grant Shapps, blamed it on a new coronavirus variant. “There’s a sort of Nepal mutation of the Indian variant which has been detected,” he said in a recent interview.

This was the first time most people had heard of a “Nepal mutation”. Indeed, the World Health Organization said that it is “not aware of any new variant of SARS-CoV-2 being…


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