“Initially they looked like cluster explosions, but since yesterday there are indications from our scientists in the gene monitoring network that our scientists are seeing a new variation,” Health Minister Joe Fahla said. It was not clear where the difference was. Currently – according to P.1.129. It is called – First Released.
So far it has been found in someone who has traveled from South Africa, Botswana and South Africa to Hong Kong, First said.
Professor Tulio de Oliveira, director of the Center for Response and Discovery for Infection, said the variance is “more mutant than we expected” and that it “spreads very rapidly and we expect to see the next health system strain in a few days.” and Week.”
“Try to avoid super-popular events,” he advised the audience.
Officials expressed concern that the mutation could lead to immunosuppression and greater spread of the virus, but said it was too early to say what kind of impact that would have on the vaccine’s performance. Officials said more studies are needed to understand the clinical severity of the variant compared to previous variants.
“The full meaning of this variation remains uncertain and the best tools we have are vaccines,” de Oliveira said. He said laboratory tests are still needed to test the vaccine and eliminate the antibodies.
UK bans flights to 6 African countries
On Thursday, UK officials announced that six African countries would be added to the UK’s “red list” of travel due to concerns about the UK health agency’s variability.
UK Health Minister Sajid Javed said flights to the UK from South Africa, Namibia, Lesotho, Botswana, Eswatini and Zimbabwe will be suspended from Friday afternoon and all six countries will be added to the red list. Those returning from their departure points will have to undergo 10 days of hotel isolation at their own expense.
Javid said the UK had so far “not detected any of these new versions” in the country.
On Friday, South African officials will explain to the World Health Organization that B.1.1.529 is classified as a “variance in surveillance”.
CNN’s Duterte Mendonca contributed to this report.