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The new Covid-19 strain — what we know so far

The department of fitness and scientists from the Network for Genomic Surveillance in SA on Thursday introduced the detection of a brand new Covid-19 version referred to as B.1.1.529.

Health minister Joe Phaahla stated the upward thrust in infections of the new variation started simply more than every week in the past.

He stated the Tshwane metro in Gauteng had registered the very best variety of infections, with other parts of the province possibly to see a rise.

Here are five things we recognize so far.

Not a SA version 

KwaZulu-Natal Research Innovation and Sequencing Platform (Krisp) genome sequencer Prof Tulio de Oliveira cautioned towards calling the new variation a SA variant, saying it might be assigned its professional name through the World Health Organisation (WHO).

“The variant has been determined in Botswana and Hong Kong from travelers in SA. The version has multiplied in Gauteng and may have unfolded in different provinces,” stated De Oliveira.

Where is it maximum established?

Most cases of the brand new variation were detected in Gauteng although it is growing in different provinces, said Dr Richard Lessells of Krisp. He said even as scientists could make a few predictions approximately the impact of mutations, their complete importance is still being assessed.

“Vaccines continue to be crucial inside the protection towards severe sickness and defensive the fitness system from another surge and cases,” said the fitness minister. 

Can the vaccine protect me from the new variant? 

Wits University virologist Penny Moore stated it would take weeks to get facts confirming whether the brand new variant could avoid the body’s immunity after preceding contamination or vaccination.

“Many of the mutations of this version are mutations we recognize nicely. We know they are probably associated with immune escape. To get facts from the laboratory experiments will likely take a few weeks,” she said. 

She stated non-pharmaceutical interventions should be followed for endured safety. 

Low infections may not be a reality this festive season 

Phaahla stated the spike in infections turned unexpected because the professionals had anticipated it to arise around mid-to-late December. He said the new version turned into the first of all concept to be cluster outbreaks of the Delta variation before the new version changed into recognition. 

“This new enemy is unpredictable. If we have many humans interior or outdoors, ensure washing of hands and sanitizing is maintained. We have an additional tool, that's a vaccination to help us avoid critical contamination,” said the minister.The new Covid-19 strain — what we know so far (

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