New Coronavirus Strain is Driving Resurgence of Infections in South Africa
LA TIMES - JOHANNESBURG, South Africa — South Africa has announced that a new variant of the coronavirus is driving the country’s current resurgence of COVID-19, with higher numbers of infections, hospitalizations and deaths.
The new strain, known as 501.V2, is dominant among new confirmed infections in South Africa, according to health officials and scientists leading the country’s virus strategy. The variant is different from one that has hit Britain and caused many European nations and Canada to ban travelers from the U.K.
“It is still very early but at this stage, the preliminary data suggests the virus that is now dominating in the second wave is spreading faster than the first wave,” professor Salim Abdool Karim, chairman of the government’s Ministerial Advisory Committee, said at a briefing.
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