World Health Organization will convene a meeting of experts Evaluate the new version of COVID-19 B.188.8.131.529Amid growing concern around the world, the agency’s spokesperson made the announcement.
The purpose of the meeting, as declared by the United Nations International Health Organization, It is to determine whether the type should be designated as “a type of interest or a type of concern.” WHO spokesman Christian Lindmayer said The UN agency’s Technical Advisory Group and other experts on the development of the virus were consulting with South African researchers.
so far, approx 100 sequences of the variant, and the first analysis shows that it has a “large number of mutations”. They need further study, Lindmeyer said.
Dr Maria Van Kerkhove, a leading epidemiologist at the WHO, said this new variant is still not widely known, because Barely “less than 100 complete genomic sequences are available”,, In any case, he pointed out that “what is known is”. This version contains a large number of mutations And the worry is when you have so many mutations that can have an effect on the behavior of the virus”.
Thus, he indicated that at the moment It is too early to know the severity of the appearance of this new strain of virus., “It will take a few weeks to understand the impact of this edition. Lots of work going on. This is the type that is being monitored. We will discuss whether this will become a type of interest or concern. And, if so, we’ll name it Greek, but it’s worth noting”, he explained.
The chief epidemiologist of the WHO, in spite of everything, has detected these forms, because, in his opinion, this means that the detection system works globally. ,Right now researchers are coming together to understand where these mutations are and what it could potentially mean for our clinical trials, treatments and vaccines.”, clarified.
In the end, Van Kerkhove called on the population to be responsible for the virus. ,Everyone needs to understand that the more this virus circulates, the more opportunities it has to change, the more mutations we will see, Each has a role to play in reducing transmission as well as protecting against serious illness and death. So get vaccinated when you can, make sure you get the full dose, and take steps to reduce your risk and prevent you from spreading the virus to anyone else,” he concluded.
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Many European and Asian countries have tightened their travel restrictions After the detection of a new type of coronavirus in South Africapossibly resistant to current vaccines, and The European Union, the United Kingdom and India were among the countries that announced strict border controls.
The British Minister of Health and Welfare, Sajid Javid, announced that, when he studies this version, travel to six African countries will cease from Friday afternoon, and British travelers returning from those destinations will have to quarantine. they are countries South Africa, Namibia, Lesotho, Swaziland, Zimbabwe and Botswana. “We will require anyone coming from those countries to stay in hotels after 4 a.m. on Sunday,” Javid said.
for its part, Israel Health Ministry reported this Friday morning that the new variant of COVID-19, B.1.1529, detected in South Africa, has been detected in a traveler from Malawi, while two others from abroad are suspected to have been infected. In all three cases people have been vaccinated, Although their vaccination data is being verified, the health ministry indicated in a statement. two suspicious cases undergoing genetic testing to verify the sequence of the COVID-19 variant, while living in isolation.
Israel vetoed entry of travelers from seven southern African countriesSouth Africa, Lesotho, Botswana, Zimbabwe, Mozambique, Namibia and Swaziland- After the appearance of a new version of COVID-19 B.1.1529, highly variable.