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The world has been plagued by the coronavirus for 2 years. The virus, which has claimed the lives of more than 4 million people, continues to appear with its new mutations.
We have heard the name Delta the most recently. Because said variant has become the dominant species worldwide.
However, news from South Africa has revealed that the virus continues to mutate.
According to information from the British Mirror newspaper, South African scientists announced that they had detected a mutation called C.1.2 in May 2021.
According to preliminary studies, the variant in question is probably the “most contagious mutation”.
The South African National Institute of Infectious Diseases and the KwaZulu-Natal Research Innovation and Sequencing Platform have determined that the mutation rate in the C.1.2 sequence is 4.18 per year.
This number is almost double the current global mutation rate seen in any variant to date.
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Scientists also found 14 mutations in about 50 percent of the variants with the C.1.2 sequence.
“More research is needed to determine the functional impact of these mutations,” the scientists said, warning that the latest variant could also help the virus escape antibodies and immune responses.
C.1.2, associated with ‘increased contagion’, has also been observed in UK, China, Democratic Republic of Congo, Mauritius, New Zealand, Portugal and Switzerland.
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