COVID-19 FAQ: How many strains are there of the current COVID-19 virus?

Last updated 28th Apr 2020
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Scientific papers mention between 8 and 33 strains of Sars-CoV-2. Recent Chinese research suggests that the ability of the virus to mutate has been underestimated.

Before the second half of April 2020, most scientists said the virus was mutating slowly and the existing strains were not significantly different, so a future vaccine would be effective against al...