A new strain of the coronavirus, called D614G, is currently spreading across southeast Asia. Researchers in the Philippines continue to study the strain to see whether the mutation makes it more infectious.

The strain was found in a Malaysian cluster of 45 cases that started from someone who returned from India and failed to quarantine properly for two weeks, Bloomberg reported.

The mutation “is said to have a higher possibility of transmission or infectiousness, but we still don’t have enough solid evidence to say that that will happen,” Philippines’ Health Undersecretary Maria Rosario Vergeire said.

The strain has also been detected in other countries in Southeast Asia as well as China, Europe, and the US.

Benjamin Cowling, head of epidemiology and biostatistics at the University of Hong Kong, said “there’s no evidence that it’s a lot more contagious” but did note that “it might have some kind of competitive advantage over other strains of COVID-19.”

A researcher in Singapore and the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health Vice Dean both say the new strain is not more deadly than current strains.

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