Variant in Johannesburg: Scientists in South Africa said Thursday they had detected a new Covid-19 variant . This was with a large number of mutations. Blaming it for a surge in infection numbers.
Meanwhile The number of daily infections in Africa’s hardest-hit country has increased tenfold since the start of the month.
“Unfortunately we have detected a new variant which is a reason for concern in South Africa,” . Also virologist Tulio de Oliveira told a hastily-called news conference.
Meanwhile The variant, which goes by the scientific lineage number B.1.1.529,. “has a very high number of mutations,” . he said, expressing hope that the World Health Organization will give it a Greek name on Friday.
“It’s unfortunately causing a resurgence of infections,” he said.
Also the variant has been in Botswana and Hong Kong among travellers from South Africa, he added.
The WHO said it is “closely monitoring” the reported variant. And is expected to convene a technical meeting on Friday to determine. Also This is if it should be designated a variant of “interest” or of “concern”.
Meanwhile Early analysis shows that this variant has a large number of mutations. That require and will undergo further study,” the WHO added.
‘A major threat’
South African Health Minister Joe Phaahla said the variant was of “serious concern” . And behind an “exponential” increase in reported cases, making it “a major threat”.
The country’s daily number of infections hit 1,200 on Wednesday, up from 106 earlier in the month.
There are so many variants out there but some of them are of no consequence. On the trajectory of the epidemic,” Africa CDC head John Nkengasong told a news conference on Thursday.
After a rather slow start to South Africa’s vaccination campaign. Around 41 percent of adults have at least a single dose, while 35 percent have full vaccination . Those numbers are far above the continental average of 6.6 percent vaccinated.
It is aiming to inoculate 70 percent of its 59 million people.
With stockpiles of 16.5 million shots, South Africa has deferred taking delivery of more ordered doses because “we are getting vaccines in faster than we are using” them, health ministry director Nicholas Crisp said
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