Is the new Covid-19 variant a more serious threat? Here is what we know so far

According to health authorities, 80% to 90% of new cases in the country are carrying the mutant variant.

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South Africa has detected a new variant of COVID-19, which is driving a surge in the novel coronavirus infections. Authorities believe that it could undermine the country’s healthcare system.

Many countries, including the United Kingdom, which has identified the mutant variant in cases linked to South Africa, have banned flights from the southernmost country.

New variant

A team of scientists in South Africa who have been tracking the genetics of the SARS-COV-2 virus discovered the new variant, referred to as 501.V2.

Scientists said the variant is distinct from others circulating in South Africa. It has various mutations in the essential “spike” protein that the infection uses to contaminate human cells.

According to health authorities, 80% to 90% of new cases in the country are carrying the mutant variant.

Are the concerns justified?

All viruses, including the one that causes the novel coronavirus, change over time.

According to South African researchers, there is no clear indication at this stage that this variant is linked with more severe disease or worse outcomes. However, it does appear to spread faster than previous iterations.

The Health Minister of South Africa, Zweli Mkhize, said, “The virus has been spreading at a much faster rate than the first wave. There is a possibility that we would surpass the peak of the first wave in the coming days.”

Is it different from the UK variant?

Following this, The World Health Organization said, “The variants reported by South Africa and Britain share a common change in the spike protein that may make them more infectious. However, they are different variants, and sequence analysis revealed that they originated separately.”

The Reader in Microbial Pathogenesis at the University of Bath, Dr. Andrew Preston, said, “The ‘South African’ variant is different from the UK variant. However, both have an unusually high number of mutations compared to other SARS-CoV-2 viruses.”

Will vaccines protect against this variant?

The South African authorities say it is too early to tell whether the vaccines currently being deployed in the UK and the US or other countries will protect against the new variant.

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  • Lol……the losers with yet another fake propaganda to destroy the innocent public world wide. O’ U the incorrigible bastards……listen it is a normal process through which every virus goes…….it’s mutational process.


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