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South Africa Covid-19 strain 50% more contagious

Source : 112 Ukraine

The mutation binds more strongly and readily to human cells
14:51, 20 January 2021

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The Covid-19 strain detected in South Africa spreads 50% quicker than the usual coronavirus infection. The mutation binds more strongly and readily to human cells as Reuters reported citing leading South African epidemiologist Salim Abdool Karim.

501Y.V2 strain was identified by South African scientists at the end of 2020. It became the main reason for the second wave of national infections that reached its new daily peak surpassing 21,000 cases at the beginning of January.

The African strain became one of the new strains detected during the past months; including strains founded in Brittan and Brazil. The scientists concern that they might accelerate the spread of Covid-19.

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The British scientists and politicians expressed concern that the currently developed vaccines could be less effective against this variant.

“The world has underestimated this virus. This virus can evolve, it ... is adapting to us,” virologist at the Africa Health Research Institute Alex Sigal said.

It is noted that 501Y.V2 strain was already observed in the countries of Europe, Asia and America and a number of other African countries. Some states imposed restrictions for traveling from and to South Africa.

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As we reported, in Germany, at the hospital of Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Bavaria, a 35-year-old patient was diagnosed with the new strain of coronavirus that does not look like earlier detected variants in South Africa and the UK.

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