Another Coronavirus Mutation Detected in South Africa

The new South African variant is more transmissible and contains a higher viral load, according to the expert, but it is still unknown if it is more dangerous.

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - South Africa has detected a new variant of the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus, causing Covid-19, which is apparently driving the second wave of the disease in the country, South African authorities said on Monday. The variant is different from that found in the United Kingdom.

Called 501.V2, the variant was first detected in recent months in the Eastern Cape and has since spread to other South African provinces.

The collected evidence "strongly suggests that the second wave we are experiencing is being driven by this new variant," said South African Health Minister Zweli Mkhize . . .

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