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A brand new Covid variant has made headlines around the globe after the Nationwide Institute for Communicable Ailments in South Africa issued an alert concerning the “C.1.2 lineage”, saying it had been detected in all provinces within the nation, however at a comparatively low charge.
C.1.2 was first detected in Could, the alert stated, however Delta remains to be the dominant variant spreading in South Africa and the world.
A pre-print, non peer-reviewed paper printed concerning the variant stated C.1.2 “… has since been detected throughout the vast majority of the provinces in South Africa and in seven different nations spanning Africa, Europe, Asia and Oceania”.
The C.1.2 lineage has drawn the eye of scientists as a result of regardless of its low charge within the inhabitants, it possesses mutations inside the genome just like these seen in variants of curiosity and variants of concern, just like the Delta variant, in addition to some extra mutations.
So what do we all know concerning the new variant, and the way involved ought to we be?