Saturday, October 8, 2022
Home COVID-19 WHO Meet Discusses New Covid Variant

WHO Meet Discusses New Covid Variant

- Advertisement -

London: The World Health Organization (WHO) officials discussed a new coronavirus variant that is prevalent in South Africa and Botswana during a meeting on Thursday.

The new variant — B.1.1529 — has an unusually large number of mutations, Francois Balloux, director of the UCL Genetics Institute, said via a Science Media Centre statement.

According to him, it’s likely to have evolved during a chronic infection of an immuno-compromised person, possibly in an untreated HIV/AIDS patient.

“It is difficult to predict how transmissible it may be at this stage,” Balloux was quoted as saying by Bloomberg.

“For the time being, it should be closely monitored and analysed, but there is no reason to get overly concerned, unless it starts going up in frequency in the near future,” it said.

A total of 22 such cases have been detected in South Africa, the National Institute for Communicable Diseases said via a statement.

“It is not surprising that a new variant has been detected in South Africa,” NICD Acting Executive Director Adrian Puren was quoted as saying in the statement.

“Although the data are limited, our experts are working overtime with all the established surveillance systems to understand the new variant and what the potential implications could be. Developments are occurring at a rapid pace and the public has our assurance that we will keep them up to date,” he said.

- Advertisement -
- Advertisement -
Stay Connected
16,985FansLike
2,458FollowersFollow
61,453SubscribersSubscribe
Must Read

ISL 2022-23: Kerala Blasters Down East Bengal 3-1

Kolkata: A brace by Ivan Kaliuzhnyi handed Kerala Blasters a 3-1 win against Emami East Bengal in the opening match of the Indian Super...
- Advertisement -

After Buffaloes, Now Vande Bharat Express Hits Cow

New Delhi: Day after hitting the herd of buffaloes, the Vande Bharat Express on the Gandhinagar-Mumbai route now hit a cow close to Anand...

WHO Warns Against 4 Indian Cough Syrups

New Delhi: The World Health Organization (WHO) has issued an alert for four 'contaminated' drugs manufactured by an Indian pharmaceutical company. This has been...

PM Narendra Modi Launches 5G Service In India

New Delhi: The 5G services in India were launched by Prime Minister Narendra Modi at a mega telecom event in Delhi on Saturday. The...
Related News

ISL 2022-23: Kerala Blasters Down East Bengal 3-1

Kolkata: A brace by Ivan Kaliuzhnyi handed Kerala Blasters a 3-1 win against Emami East Bengal in the opening match of the Indian Super...

After Buffaloes, Now Vande Bharat Express Hits Cow

New Delhi: Day after hitting the herd of buffaloes, the Vande Bharat Express on the Gandhinagar-Mumbai route now hit a cow close to Anand...

WHO Warns Against 4 Indian Cough Syrups

New Delhi: The World Health Organization (WHO) has issued an alert for four 'contaminated' drugs manufactured by an Indian pharmaceutical company. This has been...

PM Narendra Modi Launches 5G Service In India

New Delhi: The 5G services in India were launched by Prime Minister Narendra Modi at a mega telecom event in Delhi on Saturday. The...

Ukraine Requests Fast-Track NATO Membership; Know Why

Kyiv: Ukraine President Volodymyr Zelensky said that Kyiv is requesting a fast-track NATO membership following Russia’s formal annexure of Ukraine’s four Moscow-held regions. “We have...
- Advertisement -

4 COMMENTS

LEAVE A REPLY

Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here