South Africa detects new Covid-19 variant with multiple mutations; scientists warn it as ‘worse than delta’

As the world continues to battle the deadly coronavirus, a new finding from South Africa now stunts the world. As per the report from news agency Reuters, the area of South Africa detected a new Covid-19 variant with multiple mutations. As per the report, the newly detected virus has the ability to carry an extremely high number of mutations which experts believe to form another Covid wave.

On November 23, Dr. Tom Peacock, a virologist at Imperial College London, posted the details of the variant on github.com. “The variant, which goes by the scientific lineage number B.1.1.529, “has a very high number of mutations,” said a virologist.

Scientists told reporters that the situation is concerning because the new variant could help it evade the body’s immune response and make it more transmissible. It is also said that the newly detected variant can de deadly than delta variants.

In view of this, the World Health Organisation (WHO) officials met to discuss the emergence of a new coronavirus variant – B.1.1529, circulating in South Africa and neighboring Botswana. As per the reports, South Africa has confirmed around 100 specimens as B.1.1.529, but the variant has also been found in Botswana and Hong Kong, with the Hong Kong case a traveler from South Africa. As many as 90% of new cases in Gauteng could be B.1.1.529.

The genomic sequence has confirmed the appearance of the variant and scientists said that it would be named ‘Nu’. 

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Dr. Tom Peacock, a virologist at Imperial College, found the virus as horrific and he said,” Worth emphasizing this is at super low numbers right now in a region of Africa that is fairly well sampled, however, it very very much should be monitored due to that horrific spike profile.”However, South Africa was the first country to detect the Beta variant last year.