Sumary of WHO calls special meeting to discuss new Covid variant found in South Africa with ‘a large number of mutations’:
- 1.1.529, has been detected in South Africa in small numbers, according to the WHO.
- South African scientists have detected more than 30 mutations to the spike protein, the part of the virus that binds to cells in the body, South African scientist Tulio de Oliveira said in a media briefing hosted by the South Africa Department of Health on Thursday.
- Other mutations in the new variant haven’t been seen until now, so scientists don’t yet know whether they are significant or will change how the virus behaves, according to the presentation.
- “Especially when the spike happens in Gauteng, everybody travels in and out of Gauteng from all corners of South Africa.
- It’s a matter of days and weeks before we see that,” South Africa Minister of Health Joe Phaahla said during the briefing.