This new variant was detected in South Africa and is a concern for scientists. Although there isn’t much information, it is possible that he could have more spread.
According to local scientists, a new Covid-19 type has been identified in South Africa. South Africa is currently the most affected African country by the pandemic.
B.1.1.529, as its scientific name is, has been added to the list, following C.1.2 (August 2021) and Beta (2020). Tulio da Oliveira, virologist and journalist, said that this new sequence of viruses was “a great deal” to him. is a source of concern ”It can be very contagious, and could resist the vaccine.
When a variant is classified as “of concern” or of “of interest” by experts, the WHO gives them a name, as it has already done for 12 new forms of Covid-19.
To encourage public debates about variants, the organization provides them Greek letters (alpha to beta, gamma to delta, etc.)), which are more accessible to a non-scientific audience and which do not stigmatize the country where this variant was initially discovered.
WHO has not yet given B.1.1.529 its official classification. Unofficially, however, it is being called “Nu” by WHO, the Greek letter that follows “Mu”, the last variant of the WHO’s B.1.1.529.
According to information from South Africa’s National Institute of Communicable Diseases and AFP, 23 cases have been identified so far. The majority of the cases are young people. A person returning from South Africa has also reported cases in Hong Kong and Botswana.
Israel announced the new variant Friday as well. “This is someone who has returned to Malawi.”The Israeli Ministry of Health said it was concerned that the population would be affected. “Two additional instances of persons returning from overseas”Put in containment
Later today, Belgium reported that it had received the first positive report for this variant in Europe. “We have a now confirmed case of this variant. This is a person who arrived from overseas. Which tested positive on November 22. Who was not vaccinated ”During a press conference Frank Vandenbroucke the Belgian Minister for Health said that.
Marc Van Ranst, a virologist, told AFP that the traveler arrived from Egypt in November 11th and showed symptoms on Monday.
At the moment, there is no evidence to support the speed at which this virus was transmitted. Its genomic characteristics, however, are not encouraging. Indeed, the new variant presents a number. “Extremely high”Mutations and “We can see its potential for rapid spread.”During a South African Ministry of Health press briefing, Tulio de Oliveira, Virologist told AFP Thursday.
According to data from “Financial Times”, South Africa’s new variant is based on data from Britain’s business newspaper. “Circulates more quickly than Beta and even Delta.”Its predecessors. The Delta variant was hegemonic until now.
The metamorphoses of an initial virus may make it more transmissible or even make the new variant dominant. “This variant may not only have increased transmission capabilities, but could also bypass some parts of our immune system,” says Dr.Another researcher, Professor Richard Lessells told AFP.