Scientists are observing a new variant of Covid-19 with an “extremely high number” of mutations, which has been detected in South Africa, Botswana and Hong Kong.
In the three countries, only 10 cases have been confirmed by genomics Sequencing, but there are concerns that the number of mutations could allow the virus to bypass immunity, reports The Guardian.
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Peacock said that the high number of spike mutations suggests that the B.1.1.529 variant might be of concern, but added that it could also be a “strange cluster” that is not very transmissible.
Scientists will monitor the variant to see if it gains momentum.
In the meantime, Covid-19 infections are increasing in Gauteng, with more than 1,000 in the province in the province new cases were registered last 24 hours.
The National Institute for Communicable Diseases iten (NICD) announced on Wednesday that 1,018 new cases were registered in Gauteng on the last day. On Tuesday there were 605.
In total there were 1,275 new cases across the country.
University of KwaZulu-Natal geneticist Prof. Tulio de Oliveira told the Sunday Times:, there are early warning signs from the laboratory data that a fourth wave could begin in Gauteng. ”