Covid alert: A new strain with “several mutations” has been discovered in SEVEN nations, including the United Kingdom.
SCIENTISTS are looking into a new mutant coronavirus strain that has already spread to seven nations, including the United Kingdom.
It’s officially known as C.1.2, and it’s a descendant of the one that first arrived in South Africa in May of last year. Since then, the novel coronavirus strain has expanded “across the majority” of South Africa’s provinces, as well as into other African countries, Europe, Asia, and Oceania. England, Portugal, Switzerland, New Zealand, Mauritius, China, and the Democratic People’s Republic of Congo have all reported cases of the virus.
C.1.2 carries a concerning number of alterations, according to a research published on the pre-print server medRxiv, including “enhanced transmissibility.”
C.1.2 has a mutation rate of roughly 41.8 mutations per year, according to experts at South Africa’s National Institute for Communicable Diseases – nearly twice the current global rate for any other variation of concern.
“Here we report the finding of a possible variant of interest ascribed to the PANGO lineage C.1.2,” the newly published research says.
“This lineage was first found in May 2021, and it evolved from C.1, which dominated the initial wave of SARS-CoV-2 illnesses in South Africa and was last spotted in January 2021.”
Many of the alterations found in the C.1.2 variant have also been seen in other coronavirus strains, including the dangerous Delta variant.
Delta has proven to be far more contagious and easy to spread than the original SARS-CoV-2 strain, and it has become the primary cause of outbreaks in recent months.
Delta has emerged as the “predominant version of the virus” in the United States, according to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
The appearance of the new variation, according to one of the study’s authors, is proof that “this epidemic is far from done and this virus is still investigating methods to potentially get better at infecting us.”
The good news is that the virus has not yet been designated as a reason for concern by the World Health Organization (WHO).
The C.1.2 variation accounts for a modest percentage of total infections in South Africa, and further research is needed to better understand how its mutations alter its behavior.
In May of this year, the variant was predicted to account for barely 0.2 percent of coronavirus genomes studied.
Since then, the figure has grown to 1.6 percent in June and 2% in July.
Scientists are keeping a careful eye on the virus. “Brinkwire News in Condensed Form.”