Lab testing has found that although the virus does not make those infected sicker, it does seem to grow faster and have a higher viral load than the strain that previously circulated in other countries, according to AFR, an Australian business and financial newspaper.
Researchers in Los Alamos in the United States state of New Mexico have found the D614G spike mutation, which has dominated the United States pandemic has a `fitness advantage’ when grown in labs, the report said.
What’s more, the genomic testing by the Doherty Institute in Melbourne has confirmed that it is this United States mutation that is now ravaging Victoria and NSW.
As of Friday afternoon there have been 22,743 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Australia and the number of new cases in the last 24 hours is 386, according to the Department of Health.
Of the new cases, Victoria confirmed 372 and NSW another nine.
Edited By: Halima Sheji/Silas Nwoha (NAN)