February 4, 2023

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South Africa has discovered a new variant of the corona virus with several mutations

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Scientists and health officials South Africa A finding confirmed this Thursday New variant of corona virus, Was identified as P.1.1.529, That is Many mutations so what “Anxiety” arose among experts, Although its impact has not yet been explored.

“Unfortunately, we have discovered a new variant of concern in South Africa.”Said the virologist Tulio de Oliveira At a press conference.

The new variant contains “a multitude of very unusual mutations”, But his “The meaning is still uncertain”, Explained the expert, a member of the KwaZulu-Natal Research and Sequence Innovation Platform (KRISP, a scientific institute in East South Africa).

Overall, so far, Cases of this variation have been confirmed in South Africa, Botswana and Hong Kong.

Health Minister Joe Pahla also said the variation was “worrying”. Evidence of a “rapid” increase in the number of cases detected in the country.

Infections increased More than 1,200 cases on WednesdayS, against about 100 daily at the beginning of the current month.

Last year, South Africa found the beta variant, But currently count Outbreaks appear to be exacerbated throughout the Delta, First discovered in India.

With approximately 2.95 million cases and 89,657 deaths, it is the most affected country on the African continent.

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