COVID-19 variant described as 'worst one yet' emerges in South Africa, prompting UK to ban travel from six countries

COVID-19 variant described as 'worst one yet' emerges in South Africa, prompting UK to ban travel from six countries

COVID-19 variant described as 'worst one yet' emerges in South Africa, prompting UK to ban travel from six countries A new COVID-19 variant which appears more potent than earlier forms is behind a spike in new cases in South Africa, according to the country's health authorities. Key points: - The variant contains a different spike protein to the one vaccines were based on - Scientists say its mutations could make it more infectious - The UK has temporarily banned flights from South Africa and five other countries In an impromptu address late yesterday, South Africa's Health Minister and several experts warned mutations detected in the genetic code of the new COVID-19 variant could make the virus both more transmissible and better able to evade the immune system. South Africa's National …
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