While the virus is constantly mutating (over 12,000 mutations have been identified over the past year), a variant of concern has been reported by the South African Department of Health this December 18.
Since the start of the epidemic, viral samples from all regions of the country have been analyzed by the Kwazulu-Natal Research Innovation and Sequencing Platform (Krisp) and the Network for Genomic Surveillance in South Africa (NGS-SA) . In recent weeks, an abnormally high proportion of samples corresponding to this variant of the virus, tentatively called 501Y.V2, has been detected. This predominance suggests that its mutations increase its transmissibility.
According to preliminary data reported by the South African Ministry of Health, the nasopharyngeal swabs analyzed showed more copies of the virus than observed in the first wave. “We do not draw any definitive conclusions”, precise to Release Houriiyah Tegally, cher
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