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New Covid variant with 32 ‘terrible’ mutations discovered in Africa amid fears it could escape vaccines

A NEW Covid variant with dozens of mutations that can escape the vaccine has been found in three countries.

While the current number of cases is small, virologists have discovered that this strain of bacteria has 32 mutations.

So far, the new variant has been found in three countries, none in the UK

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So far, the new variant has been found in three countries, none in the UKCredit: NNP

It appears to be an offshoot of an older variant known as B.1.1, and has been found in South Africa, Botswana and Hong Kong.

Alpha, which caused the UK to return to lockdown just before Christmas last year has a lineage that includes B.1.17.

So far, only ten cases of the new variant have been found, but experts say there may be many more yet to be identified.

The infection in Hong Kong was from a traveler from South Africa – raising fears it could be taken elsewhere.

Dr Tom Peacock, a virologist at Imperial College, tweeted about the finding – saying it was the first time he had seen two specific mutations in one variant.

The expert described the mutation profile of Coronavirus like “really terrible”.

“Exporting to Asia implies that this may be more widespread than just sequences would imply,” he added.

“Also, the extremely long arm length and extremely high number of mutant mutants suggest that this can be really worrisome (an escape prediction of most known monoclonal antibodies).

“It’s worth emphasizing that this is currently super low in an area of ​​Africa that’s pretty well sampled, however it’s very much in need of monitoring given that horrendous spike profile (presumably that this is not the case). This is going to be worse in terms of antigens than anything else in terms of).”

New variants are found quite often and hardly spread in a group of cases.

If they’re in a country that has the upper hand different They can quickly die.

Dr Meera Chand, Covid-19 Incidents Manager at UKHSA, said: “The UK Health Security Agency, in partnership with scientific bodies around the globe, is continuously monitoring the status of variants. SARS-CoV-2 as they emerge and evolve worldwide.

“Given the nature of viruses to mutate frequently and randomly, it is not uncommon for a small number of cases to arise with new sets of mutations.

“Any variant with evidence of spread is evaluated rapidly.”

A UKSHA spokesperson said they were monitoring and investigating this particular variant.

It came after reporting Super-dominant NE can transform itself into self-extinction and did so in one part of the world, the scientists claim.

Japan is recording 140 insignificant cases per day despite being Delta stress just three months ago.

Japan suffered its biggest Covid wave in late summer, with cases peaking at around 23,000 a day in August.

But the wave came to an abrupt halt and was almost completely gone, with the capital Tokyo recording just 16 new cases on Friday.

A group of genetic experts in Japan theorized that the sudden drop in the coronavirus was because Delta was interested in its demise through mutation.

Delta has been much more transmissible than the original Chinese “Wuhan” virus strain from late 2019.

And other variations of Delta have been shown to cause fewer symptoms, carry immune mutations out, or even spread faster.

UK Covid deaths fell by a third in two weeks with 165 deaths but number of cases increased by 30% after 42,484 positive tests

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