January 17, 2022

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Corona, South Africa – Fear of the new corona variant

The variant is called “C”. 1.2 », found in South Africa in May, followed by England, China, Congo, Mauritius, New Zealand, Portugal and Switzerland.

South Africa has the National Institute for Infectious Diseases Their website has published a study on the new variant.

Both are American Bloomberg And Australian News.com Discussed the report.

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In May, the new variant accounted for 0.2 percent of the genetic material in the DNA sequence in South Africa. It rose to 1.6 per cent in June and 2 per cent in July.

– This is still a very small percentage, but we are taking good care of it, says Tulio de Oliveira, chairman of the research team.

South Africa is at the forefront of research on the corona virus, and it was South African researchers who discovered the beta variant in 2020.

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– Reason for concern

US-Chinese epidemiologist Eric-Feigel Ding shared this report Twitter, And shared their thoughts on the findings.

– There is reason to be concerned that the new variant is more contagious than the variants we now have, he writes and continues:

This means that the C12 variant has evolved very quickly, which is a far cry from the original Wuhan 1.0 variant. This can create complications for the 1.0 vaccine.

The report shows that the rate of global mutation in the world is currently changing almost twice as fast.

He and the researchers behind the article believe that the new variant is a threat to the immune system.

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– These mutations, and changes in other parts of the virus, can help prevent the virus from already having antibodies and an immune response, including in patients who already have an alpha or beta variant.


No major eruptions of the new variant have been recorded so far, but Ding warns that large crowds will not have to gather.

He specifically mentions Music Festival at English Cornwall It had 500,000 viewers. Where 5,000 young people were affected, that too The new version of the Delta variant is suspected to have spread.

There are four main types of corona virus so far, the delta variant was first discovered in India, and this confirms the increasing infection rates worldwide.