B.1.1.529 Covid variant ‘most worrying we’ve seen’, says top UK medical adviser

b 1 1 529 covid variant most worrying weve seen says top uk medical adviser

Sumary of B.1.1.529 Covid variant ‘most worrying we’ve seen’, says top UK medical adviser:

  • The chief medical adviser to the UK Health and Security Agency has warned that a newly identified Covid-19 variant in southern Africa is the “most worrying we’ve seen”, with transmission levels not recorded since the beginning of the pandemic.
  • Dr Susan Hopkins said the R value, or effective reproduction number, of the B.
  • 1.1.529 variant in Gauteng in South Africa, where it was first found, is now 2. For an R of anything above 1, an epidemic will grow exponentially.
  • She voiced her concerns as the European Commission announced plans to stop flights from the southern Africa region.
  • Hopkins told BBC Radio 4’s Today programme: “What we’re seeing in South Africa is that they were at a very, very low point, with a very low amount of cases being detected a day, and in a shorter period than two weeks they have more than doubled their epidemiology picture.
  • ”She stressed that no cases had been identified in the UK yet and that one of the 30 mutations of the B.
  • 1.1.529 variant is very similar to one of the alpha mutations, meaning it can be detected easily with a large amount of existing PCR tests, but had not shown up yet.
  • Hopkins said some of the mutations were likely to change the immune response, as had already been seen in South Africa, whose population, although not highly vaccinated, has high immunity from previous rounds of infection, but only time would tell the extent.

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