As the epidemic of the corona virus (SARS-CoV-2) novel spreads, the emergence of new virus types is expected. The mutation of a virus is a natural evolutionary process and errors occur during the process of copying the genetic material of the virus. The more copies a host cell makes, the more mutations occur. As for the corona virus, the spread of the highly contagious virus variant (corona mutation B.1.1.7) has been recorded in Great Britain since December 2020, which is now actively increasing in Germany as well. Scientists fear that this mutation could not only become more contagious, but make the infection more severe. In addition to the corona mutation B.1.1.7 first detected in Great Britain, other invasive corona virus types are spreading around the world, i.e. B. South African variant B.1.351 or Brazilian mutation P.1. In the UK, mutations B.1.1.7 have been recorded in more than 193,000 cases as of April 7, 2021.
The basic corona virus has now spread to more than 190 countries. The highest numbers are currently reported from the United States, Brazil, India and Russia. Europe, Italy, Spain, France, Germany and the United Kingdom have the highest incidence of corona infection.