South Africa set to return to red list due to “worst variant yet”

British scientists sounded the alarm on Thursday evening regarding the B.1.1.529 variant (Photo: EPA / Reuters)

South Africa is expected to return to England’s red list for international travel soon.

This is due to the emergence of a new variant of the coronavirus, which officials say is “the worst we’ve seen so far.”

British scientists sounded the alarm on Thursday evening about variant B.1.1.529, which has the potential to evade immunity built up by vaccination or a previous infection.

Although no cases have been found in Britain, officials have expressed concern over a rapid increase in cases in South Africa.

Anyone who has arrived from the country in the past 10 days will be asked to take a coronavirus test.

There are currently no countries on England’s Red List.

The new variant, which could be officially named “Nu” as early as tomorrow, has also been identified in Botswana and Hong Kong.

It carries 32 mutations, many of which suggest it is more resistant to vaccines and highly transmissible.

It has more modifications to its spike protein – a tool that helps a virus enter a cell – than any other variant so far.

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