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NICD states that the name of this new corona virus variant is B.1.1.529. The South African government has advised NGS-SA member government laboratories and private laboratories to perform genome sequencing immediately. So that one can know how contagious, how dangerous this variant is.
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Rajesh Bhushan, Health Secretary, Government of India, has written to all the States and Union Territories stating that cases of new variants of Corona are increasing rapidly. Given visa-related and domestic exemptions, this could exacerbate health problems in the country. Therefore, all the states should strictly check all the passengers coming from outside the country. The health secretary of the central government said that all those coming from abroad should be tracked. If anyone is from South Africa, Botswana or Hong Kong, they need to be investigated. Their samples should be sent immediately for INSOCAG genome sequencing.
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Acting Executive Director of NICD Pvt. “We are not surprised to find a new variant in South Africa,” said Adrian Puren. Although the data is very limited at present, our health workers and scientists are constantly working. They are trying to find out where this kind of origin came from. Where did it spread and how much damage could it cause? We are constantly giving people advice and warnings so that they can avoid corona infection.
BREAKING NEWS: We confirm that through collaborative efforts with private laboratories and the NGS-SA members, a new COVID-19 variant, B.1.1.529, has been detected in South Africa. Read more here https://t.co/0ht7nmMkJg
– NICD (@nicd_sa) November 25, 2021
Head of Public Health Surveillance and Response Dr. “The amazing thing is that the number of positive people and the number of infected people is increasing rapidly,” said Michelle Groom. The highest number of cases of B.1.1.529 variant has been reported in Gauteng, North West and Limpopo. “We have alerted the health administrations of all the states, including NICD, across the country,” Mitchell said.
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“We’re asking people to be as protective as possible,” said Dr. Michelle Groom. Follow the Covid-19 protocol. Even if someone is vaccinated, they should use a mask. Follow social distance. Take care of hand hygiene and do not go to crowded places. Because so far we do not know how dangerous the new variant is. Earlier, the Delta variant had wreaked havoc on the world.
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Corona, which is spreading rapidly in Europe, has now appeared in new forms in South Africa and Botswana. World Health Organization (WHO) officials on Thursday discussed a new corona virus variant that is spreading rapidly.
Viral load is roughly 1,000 times higher in people infected with the Delta variant than those infected with the original coronavirus strain, according to a study in China. https://t.co/iQAes9VuF6
– nature (atureNature) July 21, 2021
François Balloux, director of the UCL Genetics Institute in London, said in a statement published by the Science Media Center that the new variant, b.1.1529, is undergoing massive mutations. This variant is thought to have evolved from an untreated HIV / AIDS patient. It is more likely to develop during an acute infection, Balox said. It is difficult to predict how much the infection will spread at this stage. It should be closely monitored and analyzed for some time.