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New COVID-19 variant B1.1.529 detected in South Africa
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New COVID-19 variant B1.1.529 detected in South Africa

New COVID-19 variant identified in S. Africa. B1.1.529 has over 30 spike protein mutations.

Where: South Africa

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On November 25th, South Africa’s National Institute for Communicable Diseases (NICD) confirmed that a new COVID-19 variant – B1.1.529 – has been detected in the country.

As of Thursday, the NICD and other private laboratories recorded 22 positive cases of the new variant using genomic sequencing.

The Director of the Centre for Epidemic Response and Innovation, Professor Tulio de Oliveira, explained that B1.1.529 is different from extant variants because it has over 30 spike protein mutations.

The NICD said that the full significance of the new variant is currently uncertain and urged people to get vaccinated to protect themselves against the severe effects of the virus.

South African Minister of Health, Joseph Phaahla, confirmed that the B1.1.529 variant has also been detected in Botswana and Hong Kong.

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