New Covid variant with the highest mutations to date A serious concern: WHO

New Delhi: World Health Organization (WHO) officials met Thursday to discuss a new coronavirus variant with an “unusual constellation of mutations” and expressed serious concerns about the same. The coronavirus variant B.1.1529 has been identified circulating in South Africa and Botswana, raising fears that the region may face a potentially serious fourth wave that could spread internationally.Read also – AB de Villiers retires: A look back at his brilliant career statistics in all formats | ODI, Test & T20 Average

The identification of the new variant prompted a hastily convened press conference by virologist Tulio de Oliveira. “Unfortunately, we have discovered a new variant, which is a cause for concern in South Africa,” de Oliveira told the press conference. Only 10 cases of the strain, which could eventually be named ‘Now’, have been discovered so far. But it has already been seen in three countries, suggesting that the variant is more widespread. Read also – Ab de Villiers’ retirement leaves Virat Kohli Hjertet. Wishes flow in from all over the world

South Africa was the first country to discover the Beta variant, which was later branded as a ‘variant of concern’ by the UN Health Agency because of its transmissibility and ability to evade vaccine-induced immunity. The National Institute for Communicable Diseases (NICD) said in a statement that South African scientists are working to understand the potential implications of the new variant found in 22 Covid cases after genome sequencing. Read also – Flame no longer burns: AB de Villiers announces retirement from all game formats

“Here is a mutation variant of serious concern,” South African Health Minister Joe Phaahla said at the same media event. “We were hoping we could get a longer break between the waves – possibly it would last until the end of December or even next year in January,” he added.

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