Ghana: Covid-19, a South African variant reported

The memo reveals that “preliminary results show that three new, similar but distinct variants of Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2), the 501Y / VUI – 202012/01, 501Y.V2, 501Y.V3, have been reported in the UK, South Africa and Brazil, and are significantly more transmissible than previously circulating variants, with high viral shedding observed among cases ”.

And the note clarified that preliminary data shows that the 501Y.V2 variant has been reported in 22 countries around the world, including South Africa, Ghana, Botswana and Zambia. Scientists in South Africa said earlier that the new variant is 50% more contagious than the previous strains.

The African Center for Disease Control says it is mapping the regional spread of the three variants and supporting local laboratories to meet the emerging needs of SARS-CoV-2 and ensure the availability of geographically representative and timely data.


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