• Scientists Concerned About New COVID-19 Variant Detected in South Africa With High Number of Mutations

    7 days ago - By Time

    A new coronavirus variant has been detected in South Africa that scientists say is a concern because of its high number of mutations and rapid spread among young people in Gauteng, the country's most populous province, Health Minister Joe Phaahla announced Thursday.
    The coronavirus evolves as it spreads and many new variants, including those with worrying mutations, often just die out. Scientists monitor for possible changes that could be more transmissible or deadly, but sorting out whether new variants will have a public health impact can take time.
    South Africa has seen a dramatic rise...
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  • UK suspending flights from 6 African countries over new coronavirus variant fears: 'Our scientists are deeply concerned'

    7 days ago - By Business Insider

    Britain's Health and Social Care Secretary Sajid Javid. Andrew Matthews/Pool/Reuters
    A new coronavirus variant has been identified in Botswana and South Africa.
    Dubbed "B.1.1.529," it has many mutations, concerning scientists and the World Health Organization.
    The UK instituted travel restrictions on Thursday for six African countries following the news.
    The United Kingdom has added six African countries to its "red" travel list and temporarily suspended flights over concerns about a new coronavirus variant. Sajid Javid, UK secretary of state for health and social care, made the...
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