Tuesday, October 19

Coronavirus mutation: South Africa investigates another variant of the pathogen linked to its second wave of infections

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  • BBC World News


The new variant of the coronavirus found in South Africa is linked to an increase in the number of infections.

The UK is not the only country dealing with a new coronavirus mutation.

Scientists in South Africa have announced that they are working with the World Health Organization (WHO) to investigate a variation of the virus that is driving a wave of infections in various regions of the country.

It is known as 501.V2 and was identified by a team of geneticists led by the Kwazulu-Natal Research Innovation and Sequencing Platform (Krisp).

Viruses mutate frequently and SARS CoV-2 has been doing so since the beginning of the pandemic.


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