Scientists at the South African National Institute of Communicable Diseases have discovered a new strain of coronavirus. It is called C.1.2. This is reported by EWN.
This strain was first recorded in May in two provinces of South Africa. A month later, cases of this strain were registered in England and China, and in mid-August, the new variant was already circulating in seven of the nine provinces of South Africa, as well as six other countries of the world, which, according to scientists, may indicate its high infectivity.
In addition, variant C.1.2 has a number of mutations that can affect the resistance of the coronavirus to human immunity.
However, this version has not yet been officially confirmed.
South Africa's Ministry of Health has already warned the World Health Organization that the country may face a new strain of coronavirus.
Meanwhile, senior officials at the World Health Organisation fear there could be 236,000 more Covid deaths in Europe between now and December 1 on account of stagnating vaccination rates and low uptake in poorer countries.