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Scientists are observing a new variant with an abnormal mutation rate

The C.1.2 variant has attracted the attention of scientists because it changes twice as fast as other types already observed.

South African scientists are monitoring a new variant of the corona virus with an abnormal mutation rate and its frequency has been steadily increasing in recent months, the National Institute of Epidemiology of South Africa (NICT) said on Monday.

This variant, known as C.1.2, was reported last week in an unpublished study by the KwaZulu-Natal (Crisp) research, innovation and hierarchy site (Crisp).

It changes twice as fast as the others

Most Govt-19 infections in South Africa are currently caused by the delta type – first identified in India – C.1.2 attracted the attention of scientists because it changes almost twice as fast as other types already observed.

So far, C.1.2 has been found in all South African provinces and elsewhere in the world, including China, Mauritius, New Zealand and the United Kingdom. However, this is often not enough to qualify. “Variation of interest“Or”Chaotic variation», Like the delta and beta types – which appeared in South Africa in 2020 – are both highly contagious.

NICT scientists promise C.1.2 on Monday “Is only at a very low level»And determining its evolution very soon. “At this point, we have no experimental data to confirm how it works, in terms of sensitivity to antibodies.NICT researcher Benny Moore explained. Corn “We are confident that the vaccines distributed in South Africa will protect us from serious cases and deathsShe added.

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South Africa is the most affected country on the African continent, with 2.7 million cases so far, including 81,830 deaths. The beta variant has the appearance of the second wave of pollution that hit the country in December and January, and is now facing a third wave, dominated by the delta variant.