A mutated coronavirus strain said to be 10 times more infectious has reportedly been detected in Indonesia following a surge in cases.
The country recorded 6166 new infections over the weekend, 3308 of which were confirmed on Saturday. The capital Jakarta saw a record daily increase of more than 1000 cases on Sunday, which the local government linked to a large public event in mid-August.
Indonesian scientist Herawati Sudoyo, a principal investigator at the Jakarta-based Eijkman Institute for Molecular Biology’s genome diversity and diseases laboratory, said the D614G mutation of the virus has been detected in genome sequencing data from samples collected by the institute. Sudoyo described the mutated strain as “infectious, but milder”.