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Experts dispute Victoria claim that Kappa variant is more infectious than previous Covid outbreaks

Physicians say state government has jumped gun in stating Kappa is spreading faster, with evidence suggesting ‘there’s nothing different’

Infectious diseases experts say the Victorian government should not be using alarming language to describe the Kappa variant – responsible for the state’s current Covid outbreak – after officials claimed it was spreading “faster” and through “fleeting” or “low contact” between strangers.

The acting Victorian premier, James Merlino, said on Tuesday “at least one in 10 current cases have caught this virus from a stranger”. He said the virus was being spread through “people brushing against each other in a small shop, getting a take-away coffee from the same cafe, being in the same place, at the same time, for mere moments”.

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