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Infection with new Covid-19 variant may be asymptomatic, - African scientists

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While the B.1.1.529 lineage shares a few common mutations with the C.1.2, Beta and Delta variants, it also has a number of additional mutations
19:27, 26 November 2021

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Infection with the new African strain of Covid-19 may be asymptomatic. This was reported by the press center of the National Institute of Infectious Diseases of South Africa.

"Currently no unusual symptoms have been reported following infection with the B.1.1.529 variant and as with other variants some individuals are asymptomatic," the report said.

While the B.1.1.529 lineage shares a few common mutations with the C.1.2, Beta and Delta variants, it also has a number of additional mutations. At the present, the B.1.1.529 lineage is relatively distinct from the C.1.2, Beta and Delta variants and has a different evolutionary pathway.

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Work is already under way to look at the immune escape potential of B.1.1.529 in the laboratory setting. Scientists are also establishing a real time system to monitor hospitalisation and outcome associated with B.1.1.529.

As it was reported on November 25, British scientists have discovered a new Covid variant that carries an “extremely high number” of mutations. The B.1.1.529 variant has 32 mutations in the spike protein. It may drive further waves of disease by evading the body’s defenses.

The WHO later reported that it will organize a special meeting to discuss a new strain of coronavirus with many mutations, which is a cause for concern and may affect the behavior of the virus.

Today, African scientists reported that infection with a new African strain of Covid-19 may be asymptomatic. Research into the new strain is currently ongoing.

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