New Covid strain set to become the most dominant in the UK – check out symptoms

Warnings have been made that a new Covid strain is on track to become the dominant variety in the UK.

Orthrus, or CH.1.1., is the latest in the long line of variants and strains to take the lead as the most prominent.

The new variety is a variation of the Omicron variant which was one of the main types during the peak of the pandemic.

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Orthrus was first discovered in November of 2022 and now makes up some 23% of the nation’s Covid cases.

Across England, Scotland and Wales, in the first week of January, there were around 30,000 new cases of Covid reported, theMirrorreports.

The UK Health Security Agency (UKHSA) has explained how it is on track to become dominant.

It said: “The analysis shows that coronavirus cases in the UK are primarily made up of BQ.1 and its sublineages, consistent with the UKHSA risk assessment published in October.

“Two variants, CH.1.1 and XBB.1.5, appear to have a growth advantage in the UK.

“Both are variants in the Omicron family.

“XBB.1.5 remains at very low prevalence in the UK, so estimates of growth are highly uncertain.

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“The risk assessment conducted by UKHSA together with academic partners found that CH.1.1 and XBB.1.5 are currently the variants most likely to take over from BQ.1 as the next dominant variant in the UK, unless further novel variants arise.”

As has been the case with many of the Covid variants that have passed through the UK, they have had wildly different symptoms.

Research has already begun to find what the primary symptoms of Orthrus are.

According to the ZOE Covid App, they are a runny nose, fatigue (mild or severe), headache, sore throat and sneezing.

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