A quantity of nations shut borders with the United Kingdom and South Africa earlier on information that well being consultants have detected new strains of SARS-CoV-2 in these international locations, probably extra infectious than the unique one.
A brand new pressure of coronavirus, dubbed P681H, was detected in Nigeria, the top of Africa Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (Africa CDC) revealed on Thursday.
It can’t be stated with certainty whether or not the mutation is extra infectious than beforehand detected strains, Africa CDC head John Nkengasong stated, as research had been nonetheless being carried out.
It’s not clear whether or not the brand new pressure can be vulnerable to the prevailing COVID-19 vaccines however nothing thus far means that it gained’t be. The new coronavirus variant was reportedly detected in samples that had been beforehand collected within the nation on 3 August and 9 October.
Africa CDC is predicted to carry an emergency assembly this week to debate the found mutation.
The consultants additionally plan to think about what to do about one other coronavirus variant beforehand present in South Africa, which is believed to be chargeable for the current surge of COVID-19 instances within the nation.
The information concerning the discovery of the brand new pressure in South Africa emerged final week. The variant, titled 501.V2, is believed to be extra transmissible to the one beforehand found within the United Kingdom, in response to British well being secretary.
South African Health Minister Zweli Mkhize has revealed that the coronavirus, pushed by a brand new pressure, was now spreading “exponentially” within the nation. He famous that present restrictions must be reviewed now in a bid to curb “this alarming rate of spread”.
Similarly to the British variant, it can’t be prompt that COVID vaccines could be ineffective with regards to the South African mutation.
Germany, the UK, Switzerland, Israel and different international locations have now halted all ]incoming flights from South Africa. Similar measures had beforehand been launched towards the United Kingdom, which introduced final week that they’ve found VUI-202012/01 pressure, the variant with a probably larger transmission price that the unique virus.