South African scientists detect new virus variant amid spike | AP News

A new coronavirus variant has been detected in South Africa that scientists say is a concern because of its high number of mutations and rapid spread among young people in Gauteng, the country’s most populous province.

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11/26/2021 10:12:00 AM

A new coronavirus variant has been detected in South Africa that scientists say is a concern because of its high number of mutations and rapid spread among young people in Gauteng, the country’s most populous province.

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — A new coronavirus variant has been detected in South Africa that scientists say is a concern because of its high number of mutations and rapid spread among young people in Gauteng, the country's most populous province, Health Minister Joe Phaahla announced Thursday.

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — A new coronavirus variant has been detected in South Africa that scientists say is a concern because of its high number of mutations and rapid spread among young people in Gauteng, the country’s most populous province, Health Minister Joe Phaahla announced Thursday.

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The coronavirus evolves as it spreads and many new variants, including those with worrying mutations, often just die out. Scientists monitor for possible changes that could be more transmissible or deadly, but sorting out whether new variants will have a public health impact can take time.

South Africa has seen a dramatic rise in new infections, Phaahla said at an online press briefing.“Over the last four or five days, there has been more of an exponential rise,” he said, adding that the new variant appears to be driving the spike in cases. Scientists in South Africa are working to determine what percentage of the new cases have been caused by the new variant. headtopics.com

ADVERTISEMENTCurrently identified as B.1.1.529, the new variant has also been found in Botswana and Hong Kong in travelers from South Africa, he said.The World Health Organization’s technical working group is to meet Friday to assess the new variant and may decide whether or not to give it a name from the Greek alphabet.

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The British government announced that it was banning flights from South Africa and five other southern African countries effective at noon (1200GMT) on Friday, and that anyone who had recently arrived from those countries would be asked to take a coronavirus test.

U.K. Health Secretary Sajid Javid said there were concerns the new variant “may be more transmissible” than the dominant delta strain, and “the vaccines that we currently have may be less effective” against it.The new variant has a “constellation” of new mutations, said Tulio de Oliveira, from the Network for Genomic Surveillance in South Africa, who has tracked the spread of the delta variant in the country.

The “very high number of mutations is a concern for predicted immune evasion and transmissibility,” said de Oliveira.“This new variant has many, many more mutations,” including more than 30 to the spike protein that affects transmissibility, he said. “We can see that the variant is potentially spreading very fast. We do expect to start seeing pressure in the healthcare system in the next few days and weeks.” headtopics.com

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De Oliveira said that a team of scientists from seven South African universities is studying the variant. They have 100 whole genomes of it and expect to have many more in the next few days, he said.“We are concerned by the jump in evolution in this variant,” he said. The one piece of good news is that it can be detected by a PCR test, he said.

ADVERTISEMENTAfter a period of relatively low transmission in which South Africa recorded just over 200 new confirmed cases per day, in the past week the daily new cases rapidly increased to more than 1,200 on Wednesday. On Thursday they jumped to 2,465.

The first surge was in Pretoria and the surrounding Tshwane metropolitan area and appeared to be cluster outbreaks from student gatherings at universities in the area, said health minister Phaahla. Amid the rise in cases, scientists studied the genomic sequencing and discovered the new variant.

“This is clearly a variant that we must be very serious about,” said Ravindra Gupta, professor of clinical microbiology at the University of Cambridge. “It has a high number of spike mutations that could affect transmissibility and immune response.”Gupta said scientists in South Africa need time to determine if the surge in new cases is attributable to the new variant. “There is a high probability that this is the case,” he said. “South African scientists have done an incredible job of identifying this quickly and bringing it to the world’s attention.” headtopics.com

South African officials had warned that a new resurgence was expected from mid-December to early January and had hoped to prepare for that by getting many more people vaccinated, said Phaahla.About 41% of South Africa’s adults have been vaccinated and the number of shots being given per day is relatively low, at less than 130,000, significantly below the government’s target of 300,000 per day.

South Africa currently has about 16.5 million doses of vaccines, by Pfizer and Johnson & Johnson, in the country and is expecting delivery of about 2.5 million more in the next week, according to Nicholas Crisp, acting director-general of the national health department.

“We are getting in vaccines faster than we are using them at the moment,” said Crisp. “So for some time now, we have been deferring deliveries, not decreasing orders, but just deferring our deliveries so that we don’t accumulate and stockpile vaccines.”

South Africa, with a population of 60 million, has recorded more than 2.9 million COVID-19 cases including more than 89,000 deaths.To date, the delta variant remains by far the most infectious and has crowded out other once-worrying variants including alpha, beta and mu. According to sequences submitted by countries worldwide to the world’s biggest public database, more than 99% are delta.

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So young people now!? Now you have created something for young people ?! Never taking any covid-19 vaccines no matter how many variants You could Stop the nonsense today if you wanted… suits the WHO to keep everyone afraid. BS DOES ANYONE NOT KNOW THAT THE FLU FOR EXAMPLE MUTATES MILLIONS OF TIMES DAILY INCLUDING COLD SO ?

😱 Yhuuu! It’s so hard to keep up. This is very sad. Been detected elsewhere - did not '1st appear' in S.A. HERE WE GO AGAIN,,,,WAKE UP CITIZENS,,,THEY ARE SPREADING THIS BS IN EVERY WAKE HOUR TO GET THE NEW HOAX JAB

Britain alarmed by new COVID-19 variant spreading in South AfricaBritain on Thursday said it was concerned by a newly identified coronavirus variant spreading in South Africa that might make vaccines less effective and imperil efforts to fight the pandemic. All variants are from China 🇨🇳. China must be held accountable. The world ivory tower scientist fucked up , Geert van den Bosche warned for this from the start (and others) van kerkhove should take care of her ear wax and listen to the real experts

If the USA have a major outbreak, we will have a shortage of essential employees thanks to the mandates and firings. If there is a major outbreak the USA is going to have a bigger shortage of essential personal thanks to the mandates and firings. Vaccination Rate in South Africa: 23.8% When you have such low vaccination rates you can expect more transmission...which becomes more chance of a variant. We MUST do more to vaccinate the entire world. People in these countries, unlike our fellow Americans, WANT these shots.

POTUS closed the boarders right? 1% mortality this time. Next time, 10% or more. Bain gainoffunction research now. Right on schedule. Every time the cases get low there's suddenly a new variant. They just don't want to give up their 15 minutes of fame. Heartbreaking ❤️ something needs to be done 💭 Euro breeds

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JFC. AP doing it’s very best to freak everyone out. Restrict the travel now !!! Europe already started doing this . America can go through another deadly wave of spike . POTUS For those who don't understand the scientific tweeter , here is a picture GlobalVirusNews Et dire qu’il y a $ocgn 🤔 GetVaccinated

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The ‘coronavirus’ has had new strains for decades and decades. It will always happen. It’s what viruses do to survive Our best defense is a healthy immune system. The same defense for decades and decades. Centuries and centuries Close Africa

South Africa Finds New Variant Of COVID-19 With 'Constellation Of Mutations'The United Kingdom temporarily barred flights from six Africa n nations amid fears over the new coronavirus strain. wow AS long as most of the world, especially developing nations, remain unvaccinated, variants will find fertile ground. There is risk of vaccine-resistant variant emerging. Global vaccination is needed! UK Germn Frnce Portgl NL Belgm etc engulfed in COVID Calamity+New Shutdowns(Asia Aus too), Africa got New Multi-Varient strain But CDA Ont Que etc Just Re-Opened Airprt,Border, full 100% Indoor Events& Everything But Our COVD s Trippling from OCT Lows, Are We Sleepn or?

When does the madness end smh fake news, where is the proof? Imagine that! This ' New Variant ' should be in the US just in time to push mail in ballots for the midterms. And the Unvacinated will be the excuse. It’s time for Pfizer and Moderna to share vaccine info with the world and work to make this vaccine widely available. If we can’t make vaccine accessible for the world new variants will keep happening. Enough with this mentality of “either I make profit or you die”

Who cares if u get it if the survival rate is virtually 100 percent all this shit starting happening when the vaccine came out. deaths and covid rate went up. how does no one realize that?! Lol at all the fake news crowd… y’all really make the Herman Cain Awards interesting sometimes. I think scientists making those variants just like they made COVID-19 cause the government need to kill off more ppl faster specially blacks ppl, poor ppl, middle class and old ppl! They test everything on African ppl first and it needs to stop!

TeamPelosi we need our scientists on this This is exactly what china was looking to create when they released the chinesebioweapon

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Never let an opportunity to show a black baby crying when writing a story. Does the baby have covid and crying out for help? Nah just a crying baby but it looks good for the AP. Discusting but predictable So there should be specific travel regulations and even restrictions for S.A. Airlines need to do their thing and stop travel to S.A.

Please keep it confined to your area. Thank you “Scientists” There will ALWAYS be a new variant. I cannot believe people still quiver reading articles like these. The virus will find a way to keep living. We have to as well. Shut the fucking borders , ban flights to and from South Africa Who wants to earn $12000 daily?

a nEw vArIanT. Ppl still falling for this BS 😂 Fully vaxxed with boosters are the cases so when are you gonna let people know this info Hopefully Joe bans travel to South Africa and doesn’t think it is xenophobic again

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💔💔💔 Timing impeccable. Just as gov’ts begin to rollout jabs for 5-11 year olds, there comes a strain that rapidly spreads amongst the young. Nothing like a good scaremongering to get parents to wilfully comply and get their kids jabbed. Plan B anyone… We know the narrative will be vaccines may not work … let’s see what they say

Prayers go out to them now Glad we are all vaccinated in our house - kids too! Not bothered all.... I predict it will hit the US late next summer just in time for more mail in voting funny business from Democrats. so_solstice So of the thousands of photos you've obtained of Black people in Africa, you select the one with the crying distressed baby. You already know I see what you did.

FUD. Also, why use picture of a crying baby? There is no current evidence that this new variant has led to any massive deaths or illness. Love the fud keep stocks low at open we retail don't buy into your fear tactic anymore

New, Heavily-Mutated Covid Variant Identified In Africa, Called “A Big Jump In Evolution”The U.K. added six Africa n countries to its travel quarantine list on Thursday after a new, potentially more-transmissible variant of Covid-19 was identified there. Those countries are: South Afric… Not again 😭😭 Wall off cities. Go all World Z.

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I’m so tired New variant huh New variant discovered in fully vaccinated only Fear mongering bollocks !!! The world is tired of Chinese virus. I hope the Biden administration can find out the source of the virus!

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