South African scientists are monitoring a new variant of the corona virus with an abnormal mutation rate and its frequency has been steadily increasing in recent months, the National Institute of Epidemiology of South Africa (NICT) said on Monday.
This variant, known as C.1.2, was reported last week in an unpublished study by the KwaZulu-Natal (Crisp) research, innovation and hierarchy site (Crisp).
Most Govt-19 infections in South Africa are currently caused by the delta type – first identified in India – which attracted the attention of C.1.2 scientists because it changes almost twice as fast as other types already observed.
So far, C.1.2 has been found in all South African provinces and elsewhere in the world, including China, Mauritius, New Zealand and the United Kingdom.
However, this is often not enough to qualify. “Variation of interest“Or”Chaotic variation“, Like the Delta and Beta variants – which appeared in South Africa in 2020 – are both highly contagious.
NICT scientists promise C1.2 on Monday “Is only at a very low level“It is too soon to determine its evolution.
“At this point, in terms of sensitivity to antibodies, we have no test data to confirm how it works.NICT researcher Benny Moore explained.
Most “We are confident that the vaccines distributed in South Africa will protect us from serious cases and deaths“, He added.
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