A new variant of covid? Deadlier than Delta? Let’s say there is still no conclusive information to affirm these questions, although British scientists, according to the Daily Mail, believe that it has a new variant of covid-19 emerged in Botswana and that it is the version that has more mutations of the virus so far.
Scientific investigationss, according to the British media, they state that only 10 cases of the variant have been detected (no strain), but that it has already been detected in three countries, which could suggest that the variant could be more widespread than the Delta itself.
Scientists say variant has 32 mutations, many of which suggest that it is highly transmissible and resistant to the vaccine and has more alterations in its peak protein than any other variant.
Professor Francois Balloux, a geneticist at University College London, said that probably arose as a persistent infection in an immunosuppressed patientpossibly someone with undiagnosed HIV.
The changes in the beak make it difficult to fight the current blows against the coronavirus because they train the immune system to recognize an older version of this part of the virus.
Dr Tom Peacock, a virologist at Imperial College who first became aware of its spread, described the combination of variant mutations as “horrible”.
He warned that B.1.1.529, its scientific name, had the potential to be “worse than almost anything else,” including the world-dominant Delta variant.
Scientists told MailOnline, however, that its unprecedented number of mutations could work against it and make it ‘unstable’, preventing it from becoming widespread.
They said there was “no need to worry too much” because there were no signs yet that it was spreading rapidly.
Till the date, three infections have been detected in Botswana and six in South Africa, where variant surveillance is strongest.
A case has also been detected in a 36-year-old man in Hong Kong who recently returned from the mainland.
There are no cases in Great Britain. But the UK Health Security Agency, which replaced Public Health England, said it was closely monitoring the situation.
The prime minister’s official spokesman said the variant “is not seen as something that is a problem” for the UK at present.