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As the world is penetrating through a massive pandemic for the past two years, a new variant of Covid-19 has been detected in France. Named as IHU, the variant consists of an estimate of 46 mutations, 37 deletions with 30 amino acid substitutions, and 12 deletions. 

Researchers from the IHU Mediterranee Infection, who primarily worked on the report stated 12 new cases, affected by the new variant in South Africa. According to The World Health Organisation (WHO), the IHU variant was firstly observed in France in November. The patient was vaccinated and simultaneously, returned from Cameroon in Africa. 

This genotype pattern led to creating a new Pangolin lineage named B.1.640.2, which is a phylogenetic sister group to the old B.1.640 lineage renamed B.1.640.1. Both lineages differ by 25 nucleotide substitutions and 33 deletions,” the study said.

IHU: New Variant in South Africa Discovered!

Well, as of now, it is yet to determine the reaction or aggressiveness of the new variant in South Africa. The WHO further stated the IHU variant has not shown a massive threat as it is discovered a few months back only. 

It was observed along with the Omicron, and if compared, then it has not exhibited a serious concern, like Omicron. Yet, Omicron has covered most of the countries around the globe, with similar threats like Coronavirus. 

This new strain in India has shown more than two hundred cases across the nation. Moreover, Abdi Mahamud, the WHO incident manager added, “The variant “has been on our radar.” According to the researchers, thstrainse very first case was diagnosed in an adult, analyzed a positive report by RTPCR performed in a nasopharyngeal sample in mid-November last year. 

After the arrival, the patient began experiencing mild respiratory problems, which led him to a check-up stating IHU signs in the reports. Later, other respiratory samples were also collected from seven people who were found in the same geographical area, that is, Cameroon in Africa. It includes two adults and five minors between the age group of 15. 

Unfortunately, all the respiratory samples showed similar statements by QPCR. Furthermore, all eight respiratory samples were sent to the IHU Mediterranee Infection university hospital for SARS-CoV-2 genome sequencing. 

A tweet posted by Epidemiologist Eric Feigl-Ding said that new strains are emerging day by day but they all are not meant to be dangerous. “What makes a variant more well-known and dangerous is its ability to multiply because of the number of mutations it has about the original virus,” Feigl-Ding tweeted on Tuesday. 

Moreover, he added that “This is when it becomes a “variant of concern” – like Omicron, which is more contagious and more past immunity evasive. It remains to be seen in which category this new variant will fall.” 

If noticed, then many countries are currently holding a spike in COVID-19 variants like the Omicron variant, which was again identified in South Africa and Botswana in November 2021. 

Moreover, it does not matter how many cases the new South African variant has affected, as you might not know with blinking eyes, it may affect more than a hundred countries.

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