A new COVID variant !

A new variant of Coronavirus has emerged in Africa and it is causing significant concern.

The variant seems to have “changed its coat”. The scientists worry that these changes ( mutations) can make it more transmissible and potentially evade vaccines.

U.K government has put six African countries on the Red List. All flights from South Africa, Namibia, Zimbabwe, Botswana, Lesotho and Eswatini are being suspended now.

References

BBC news. Covid: New heavily mutated variant B.1.1.529 in South Africa raises concern. James Gallagher
Health and science correspondent.

BBC News. Covid: Africa travel restrictions over variant fear.

Guardian. South Africa to be put on England’s travel red list over new Covid variant.
Hannah Devlin, Ian Sample and Jessica Elgot
Thu 25 Nov 2021 21.22 GMT

Daily Mail. Scientists sound alarm over new ‘worst-ever’ super-mutant Covid variant that will make vaccines at least 40 per cent less effective as flights are BANNED from South Africa and five other African countries. By Tom Pyman and Connor Boyd Deputy Health Editor For Mail online
20:32, 25 Nov 2021 , updated 22:07, 25 Nov 2

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