December 8, 2021

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South Africa has discovered a new variant of the corona virus with several mutations

Scientists and health officials South Africa A finding confirmed this Thursday New variant Of Corona virus, Identified as B.1.1.529, has a number of mutations and has caused “concern” among experts, although its impact has not yet been studied.

The New variant Professor Tulio de Oliveira from the KwaZulu-Natal Research and Sequential Innovation Site (KRISP, an Eastern science institute) explains that it presents a “crowd of very unusual mutations” but its “meaning is still uncertain”. South Africa)

Overall, so far, cases of this variation have been confirmed South Africa, In Hong Kong (a traveler from Africa) and neighboring Botswana, according to data provided by the National Institute for Infectious Diseases South Africa.

“Variety surprised us”

In all, B.1.1.529 contains more than thirty mutations, some of which, according to South African scientists, are of concern due to its potential impact on the spread and ability to avoid previous immunity or defense.

“This variation surprised us, it has a great evolution, there are many more variations than we expected, especially after the very severe third wave of the delta (variation),” Olivera said.

Based on data collected in the South African province of Gauteng (where Johannesburg and Pretoria are located), “we can see this variation expanding very rapidly,” lamented the expert. COVID-19 Significantly increased.

However, South African experts have insisted that this is a finding New variant This was done “very, very quickly” and they were confident that it would help control their expansion.

In fact, its invention New variant This occurred in an analysis on November 23 from samples taken between November 14 and 16 after an increase in the number of cases detected in Johannesburg and Pretoria.

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“We do not want this to be a rumor,” South African Health Minister Joe Pahla told a news conference.

Oliveira also pointed out that they hope the World Health Organization (WHO) will give this variation a new Greek name tomorrow, as it did with others; P.1.1.529 Although first diagnosed, stressed that South Africa, Does not mean that it originated in this southern country.

To date, South Africa About 2.95 million cases have been accumulated COVID-19 With about 90,000 deaths.

This southern country is the epicenter of the epidemic within the African continent and has already experienced the effects of the discovery and expansion of another variant beta during its second wave (late 2020 and early 2021), which was later wiped out. Delta variation in the third wave (mid-2021).

(With information from EFE)

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