New variant virus may be named “Nu” Luo Yijun: Only Hong Kong Cases Appear in Asia

Luo Yijun said that it will step up monitoring of the “Nu” virus mutant strain. (Provided by the command center)

[Reporter Wu Liangyi/Taipei Report]Wuhan pneumonia (new coronavirus disease, COVID-19) continues to mutate new virus strains. The African country Botswana (Botswana) discovered a scientifically named “B.1.1.529” strain. It can carry an “extremely high number” of mutants and can evade the body’s immune mechanism. It may be named “Nu” in the future.

Luo Yijun, deputy head of the Medical Response Team of the Central Epidemic Command Center, said that no relevant cases have been monitored so far, and only Hong Kong has cases in Asia, and monitoring will continue to be strengthened.

Botswana discovered for the first time 3 cases of infection with the Wufei variant “B.1.1.529” strain, and is currently undergoing genetic sequencing. In addition, 6 cases have been confirmed in South Africa, and the last one returned from South Africa. There were 10 cases from Hong Kong tourists.

The “B.1.1.529” strain has a total of 32 mutations in the spike protein (Spike Protein). Most vaccines use “Spike Protein” to activate the immune system against the lungs. This protein will affect “virus infection” and “cells” In addition to the ability to spread, it also makes it more difficult for immune cells to attack pathogens.

Luo Yijun said at the epidemic press conference today that “B.1.1.529” is a very rare mutant strain. Every case of imported from abroad in China will send the virus gene sequence. So far, including the results to be announced tomorrow, no one has been found. Similar to virus strains, the command center will continue to monitor.

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