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British COVID strain 45% more infectious than original virus — Israeli study

Tel Aviv University researchers find that the British COVID-19 variant is 45% more contagious than the original coronavirus strain.

The study is based on data from some 300,000 PCR tests conducted and processed at the university campus.

The study was conducted by Prof. Ariel Munitz and Prof. Motti Gerlitz of TAU’s Clinical Microbiology and Immunology Department, together with Dr. Dan Yamin and PhD student Matan Yehezkeli of the university’s infectious disease lab. It has been published in Cell Reports Magazine.

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