Scientists in South Africa have discovered a novel version of the coronavirus illness (Covid-19) with numerous mutations. The news came as a result of a recent increase in the country’s infection rate, according to AFP.
At an emergency news conference, virologist Tulio de Oliveira said, “Unfortunately, we have found a novel variation that is a cause for alarm in South Africa.”
World Health Organization (WHO) officials gathered earlier today to address the appearance of a novel coronavirus type – B.1.1529 – that has been circulating in South Africa and neighboring Botswana.
According to a statement issued in the Science Media Centre by Francois Balloux, director of the UCL Genetics Institute, the mutation may have emerged during a protracted infection of an immuno-compromised patient, most likely in an untreated HIV/AIDS patient.
According to the National Institute for Communicable Diseases, 22 cases of the novel type have been reported in South Africa thus far.
Scientists are currently working to learn more about the data’s possible transmissibility. However, other studies indicate that the new South African strain could be much worse than the Delta variant, which was responsible for India’s devastating second pandemic wave.
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