The fatal Covid version is spreading in South Africa, but is the Botswana variety already in the UK?


The fatal Covid version is spreading in South Africa, but is the Botswana variety already in the UK?

SOUTH AFRICA has been reclassified as “red” due to the spread of a deadly coronavirus variant across the country, but has the Botswana strain reached the UK?

South Africa has been placed back on the UK’s red travel list because to a novel coronavirus type that has the ability to circumvent immunity from vaccines or past infections. The B.1.1.529 Covid variation, also known as the Botswana variety, has only been seen in a few cases so far, but officials have termed it the “worst we’ve seen so far” due to its ability to evade immunity.

The number of cases has risen rapidly across South Africa, causing the UK government to reinstate the country’s red travel list.

Every day, between 500 and 700 people arrive in the UK from South Africa; but, as Christmas approaches, this number is projected to rise.

Anyone who has just arrived in the UK from South Africa will be asked to do a Covid test.

Flights from South Africa, Namibia, Lesotho, Botswana, Eswatini, and Zimbabwe will be stopped from midday on Friday, according to Health Secretary Sajid Javid.

He stated that all six nations will be put to the red list, and that anyone coming in the UK from those countries will be obliged to isolate in hotels beginning at 4 a.m. on Sunday.

But what does this imply for the United Kingdom? Is the Botswana variation available in the UK? In the UK, no cases of the B.1.1.529 variation have been reported yet.

Only 59 cases of this variation have been reported worldwide, although it has spread to three nations.

After a traveller returned from South Africa, there are Botswana, South Africa, and Hong Kong.

The Botswana form, which could be dubbed Nu, is thought to be the virus’s most modified version to yet.

There are 32 mutations in the strain, several of which are highly transmissible and potentially vaccine-resistant.

“One of our key concerns is that this virus spike protein is so significantly different from the virus spike that was in the original Wuhan strain, and thus in our vaccinations,” one senior scientist stated.

Concerns have also been raised regarding the paucity of knowledge about the variation and its possible risks.

“Brinkwire Summary News,” by Richard Lessells, an infectious disease physician at the University of KwaZulu-Natal.


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