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New COVID-19 variant confirmed in SA

The National Institute for Communicable Diseases (NICD) has affirmed that a new Covid variation has been recognized in South Africa

Following genomic sequencing, the variation – B.1.1.529 – was identified in 22 positive cases in the country. 

In an assertion on Thursday, the NICD'S acting chief Professor Adrian Puren said that it was "not shocking that another variation has been identified in South Africa". 

The NICD said that albeit the information they had was restricted, "our specialists are staying at work past 40 hours with all the setup reconnaissance frameworks to comprehend the new variation and what the potential ramifications could be." 

The foundation said that positive cases were expanding rapidly, especially in Gauteng, the North West, and Limpopo. 

The NICD's Dr. Michelle Groome said that paying little heed to the development of the new variation, the significance of nonpharmaceutical mediations stays unaltered. 

"This implies that people ought to get immunized, wear veils, practice sound hand cleanliness, keep up with social separating, and accumulate in very much ventilated spaces. Individual consistency to precaution measures can have an extraordinary aggregate effect in restricting the spread of the new variation."

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