A new coronavirus variant has been detected in South Africa that scientists say is a concern because of its high number of mutations and rapid spread among young people in Gauteng, the country’s most populous province.
The new variant B.1.1.529 was identified on Tuesday and has a “very unusual constellation” of mutations. Professor Francois Balloux, professor of computational systems biology at University College London, said “there is no reason to get concerned”, while the UK Health Security Agency (UKHSA) is monitoring and investigating the variant.
“Although the data are limited, our experts are working overtime with all the established surveillance systems to understand the new variant and what the potential implications could be,” the statement quoted the NICD’s Professor Adrian Puren as saying.
What people are saying?
Jane Merrick There are no cases as yet confirmed in the U.K. The UKHSA is monitoring the situation. I understand efforts are being made to examine the variant in a lab to see how it fares against Covid vaccines.
gary doyle smith If they don’t understand the old one how will they understand the new one and why was W.H.O. or any other business contracting with them allowed to amplify an already bad virus?