COVID19 🦠 Newsbites
London returns to strict lockdown, following a sharp rise in coronavirus cases
London will return to a strict lockdown on Wednesday, amid warnings of a new strain of the virus spreading through parts of southern England. But the variant is nothing new -- or startling.

As with other new variants or strains, this one carries a genetic fingerprint that makes it easy to track, and it happens to be one that is now common. That does not mean the mutation has made it more easily spread -- and it certainly does not mean this variation is more dangerous.

Multiple experts in the genetics and epidemiology of viruses are noting that this one could be just a "lucky" strain that’s been amplified because of a superspreader event; it could be the mutation somehow makes it spread more easily without causing more serious illness; or it could just be by chance..

Viruses mutate all the time and virtually all of these mutations are either neutral, or harmful to the virus.

CMAs say Charley Pride was tested for Covid-19 before and after awards show
The legendary singer died Saturday in Dallas at 86. He had performed at the 54th Annal CMA Awards in Nashville on November 11.

Some artists questioned if Pride might have become infected at the show. No audience was present, but nominees and performers, along with invited guests, sat at socially distanced tables.

"Charley was tested prior to traveling to Nashville. He was tested upon landing in Nashville, and again on show day, with all tests coming back negative," the statement went on to read. "After returning to Texas following the CMA Awards, Charley again tested negative multiple times. All of us in the Country Music community are heartbroken by Charley's passing."