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UK adds six African countries to red list over fears over new variant

A new variant of Covid-19 emerged which descends from the B.1.1 lineage and is believed to have an “incredibly high” number of mutations, experts say.

South AfricaThe Minister of Health on Thursday announced the discovery of this new variant, which appears to be spreading rapidly in parts of the country. The first cases found were three in Botswana, followed by six more cases in South Africa and one in Hong Kong involving a traveler returning from South Africa.

Fearing that it is highly transmissible and effective in evading the body’s immune response, several countries are considering travel bans. The UK added six African countries to its red list: South Africa, Namibia, Lesotho, Botswana, Eswatini and Zimbabwe.

Health Secretary Sajid Javid said: “As part of our close monitoring of variants around the world, we have become aware of the spread of a potentially worrying new variant.

“We are taking precautionary measures to protect public health and the progress of our vaccine deployment at a critical time as we enter winter, and we are monitoring the situation closely.”



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Stuti MishraNovember 26, 2021 4:21 AM

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