At a time when the novel coronavirus mutants occupy the whole world, scientists detonated a shocking surprise.
On Thursday, they announced the discovery of a new mutant from COVID-19 In South Africa, the African country most affected by the epidemic, which is witnessing a new increase in the number of infections, according to AFP.
“Unfortunately, we have discovered a worrying new mutant in South Africa,” virologist Tulio de Oliveira told a press conference.
Too high number
It is noteworthy that, according to the South African scientists who previously discovered the beta mutant, the “B.1.1.529” mutant has a “very high” number of mutations. At this point, scientists do not know how effective the COVID-19 vaccines will be in fighting this new mutated virus.
In addition, it is possible that the emergence of this new mutation caused the “escalating rise” in the number of Covid-19 infections in recent weeks, according to Health Minister Joe Vahla, who is present at the press conference held by scientists.
Other infections with this mutation were recorded in neighboring Botswana and Hong Kong in a person who returned from a trip in South Africa.
It is noteworthy that South Africa, which fears the emergence of a new wave of the epidemic by the end of the year, is the most affected in the continent COVID-19 With more than 2.9 million injuries and 89,600 deaths recorded.
An outbreak of the highly contagious delta mutant is currently dominating the world after it was first detected in India.