February 18 (Yle) — Finland’s Vita laboratory last week discovered a novel variant novel coronavirus, which has been sequenced in collaboration with the Institute of Biotechnology at the University of Helsinki, Yle reported.
The new mutant novel coronavirus, tentatively named FIN-796H, has some mutations that are also present in previously discovered mutant virus strains.
But the combination of mutations in the virus found in Finland is unique, according to Weta Lab.
The virus was discovered in patients last week, and it was not clear where the variant evolved, said Taru Meri, a microbiologist at Wita Labs.
But it may have spread beyond Finland.
Tharu Meri also said that PCR tests could not identify the new variant, which in this case looked like the common novel coronavirus.