The mutation is causing great concern among researchers

This was announced by Health Minister Joe Phaahla at a press conference on Thursday.

The cases are many, and they are spreading rapidly among young people in the country’s most populated area Gauteng, this writes the news agency AP. Phaahla describes the increase in the number of cases in recent days as dramatic.

“In recent days, there has been an exponential increase,” he said.

Discovered several places in the world

The researchers monitor the variant to find out if it develops to become more lethal or to spread faster, but this takes time. It is still uncertain how many of the cases are due to the new mutation, but the Minister of Health nevertheless stated that the variant accounts for the high number of infected.

The virus variant goes by the name B.1.1.529, and has so far been detected in travelers from South Africa in Botswana and Hong Kong.

The WHO will hold a meeting on Friday, where they will address whether the newly discovered mutant will get a name from the Greek alphabet.

Expects increased pressure on the health sector

Virologist Tulio de Oliveira has followed the development of the virus in the country closely, and said at the press conference that the virus has a composition of new mutations.

– The very high number of mutations is worrying, he said, and added that this is probably the reason for the infection boom the country is now experiencing.

This virus variant has more than 30 spikes, which affect transmissibility.

– We see that the variant can potentially be speculated very quickly. We expect to see increased pressure on the health sector in a few days and weeks, Oliveira said.

Blocks the border

England on Thursday expressed concern about the newly discovered mutation, and according to The Guardian they are now blocking the border for aircraft from the region while researching the severity.

According to British Health Minister Sajid Javid, the concern is that a new variant may be more contagious than the dominant delta variant, and that the vaccines may be less effective against it.

Flights from South Africa will be banned from the country, and six countries end up on England’s red list after scientists sounded the alarm that this may be the most serious corona variant that has been discovered so far.

Hundreds of people who have recently arrived in England from South Africa will be approached and offered tests in an attempt to avoid the spread of the mutation.

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