Tulio de Oliveira, a bioinformatics professor who directs gene-sequencing centres at two South African universities, revealed today, they discovered a highly mutant New COVID variant, known as B.1.1529, that had an exceptionally large number of mutations and is “obviously extremely different” from earlier versions.
Many of the mutations, according to scientists, suggest the strain’s strong transmissibility and vaccination resistance, and the strain has more modifications in the spike protein than any previous Covid-19 varieties.
According to the UK Health Security Agency, the coronavirus variation possesses a spike protein that differs significantly from the one found in the original coronavirus on which Covid-19 vaccinations are based. Variant B.1.1.529 has been designated as a Variant Under Investigation by the agency (VuI).
According to the UK, the coronavirus (COVID-19) version discovered in South Africa has a spike protein that differs significantly from the one found in the original coronavirus on which Covid-19 vaccinations are based.
WHO to hold emergency Conference to discuss spread of Highly Mutant New Covid variant
Reports suggests, the World Health Organization (WHO) will hold an emergency conference on Friday to discuss a possibly rapidly spreading coronavirus variant discovered in South Africa and Botswana that might render immunizations ineffective and stymie pandemic attempts.
At a press conference on Thursday, Tulio de Oliveira, a bioinformatics professor who directs gene-sequencing centres at two South African universities, said the new variant, known as B.1.1529, had an exceptionally large number of mutations and is “obviously extremely different” from earlier versions.
Asian Markets Down soon after scientist discover new highly mutant coronavirus strain
Meanwhile , Asia Pacific stocks were mostly down on Friday morning, ending the week on a down note over the discovery of a new coronavirus strain.
Japan’s Nikkei 225 tumbled 2.35% by 9:13 PM ET (2:13 AM GMT) and South Korea’s KOSPI fell 0.79%. The Tokyo core consumer price index (CPI) grew 0.3% year-on-year in November, while the Tokyo Ex Food and Energy CPI recorded 0% growth month-on-month in November.
In Australia, the ASX 200 fell 1.28%, with retail sales growing a better-than-expected 4.9% month-on-month in October.
Hong Kong’s Hang Seng Index dropped 1.89%.
China’s Shanghai Composite was down 0.30% while the Shenzhen Component inched up 0.06%.
The World Health Organization and scientists are studying the variant, which was detected in South Africa, and is described as very different from previous versions. The U.K. has temporarily banned flights from South Africa and five other African countries, while Hong Kong has already confirmed two cases of the variant.