UNITED STATES (VOP TODAY NEWS) — A new strain of coronavirus has been discovered in South Africa, scientists already call this variant of COVID-19 potentially the most dangerous in the world, reports the South African television channel eNCA.
The new strain was designated B.1.1.529. It is dangerous due to the fact that it contains 32 mutations. In particular, there are more changes in the spike protein of the new virus than in other existing strains.
In addition to South Africa, a new strain of coronavirus has already been found in Hong Kong and Botswana. Officially, 10 cases of infection with the new strain have been registered all over the world so far. In South Africa, 22 cases have already been reported.
“There is little data so far, but our experts are working to understand the new strain and the potential consequences from it,” he said. O. Executive Director of the South African National Institute, Adrian Pure.
Scientists from South Africa have not yet established whether existing vaccines against the new strain will be effective. Presumably, a large number of mutations in the new strain are due to the fact that the virus originated in a patient who is sick with HIV or AIDS.
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