S.Africa detects new COVID-19 variant, implications not yet clear

S.Africa detects new COVID-19 variant, implications not yet clear

S.Africa detects new COVID-19 variant, implications not yet clear JOHANNESBURG, Nov 25 (Reuters) - South African scientists have detected a new COVID-19 variant in small numbers and are working to understand its potential implications, they said on Thursday. The variant - called B.1.1.529 - has a "very unusual constellation" of mutations, which are concerning because they could help it evade the body's immune response and make it more transmissible, scientists told reporters at a news conference. Early signs from diagnostic laboratories suggest the variant has rapidly increased in the most populated province of Gauteng and may already be present in the country's other eight provinces, they said. Register now for FREE unlimited access to reuters.com In a regular daily update on confirmed cases countrywide, the National Institute for Communicable Diseases …
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