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Experts fear 'more contagious' Covid variant will reach UK amid upcoming World Cup

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A new strain of Covid thought to be even more contagious has been spotted all over Europe, and experts fear it will continue to spread.

The variant BF.7 has been dubbed the 'Omicron spawn' by scientists, who have warned that it could become dominant in the next few weeks.

And a top immunologist has warned the upcoming World Cup could make cases surge, similar to how Delta cases spiked during the Euros last summer.

Professor Denis Kinane, a world-leading immunologist and Founding Scientist at Cignpost Diagnostics, told the Mirror : "It is hard to predict when we will see a peak in cases as we do not yet know the full extent to what is coming this autumn and winter. "However, with events like the football World Cup taking place in November, it is likely that the increase in international social gatherings will lead to an increase in the spread of mutations cases – similar to the effect of the Euros."The World Cup is being hosted in Qatar this year, and will take place across November and December to combat the soaring desert temperatures.This means football fans in the UK will be watching their countries play as temperatures begin to drop and the days become shorter.It's not clear how many cases of BF.7 have been found in the UK because of a lack of regular testing.

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