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South African scientists say new Covid variant slows its spread

Accounted for just 1.5% of all virus samples sequenced in the country in August compared with 2.2% in July.
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South African scientists said a new variant, with a concerning number of mutations, spread at a slower rate last month than in July.

The so-called C.1.2 variant accounted for just 1.5% of all virus samples sequenced in the country in August compared with 2.2% in July, according to the Network for Genomic Surveillance South Africa.

The variant, first identified in South Africa, has been found in a number of countries including the Democratic Republic of Congo, Mauritius, Portugal, New Zealand and Switzerland.

The slowing of the spread of the variant could indicate that it’s unlikely to become dominant in the manner that previous mutations such as the beta and delta variants have become.

© 2021 Bloomberg

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Aaaah….was looking forward to the fear factor in the article. I guess we will have to wait for another variant in a few weeks

They aren’t done milking the fear out of Delta yet. They’ll only hype the newer scary variants when the fear of Delta wears off.

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From Our World in Data there are some interactive chart tools where the observer can access and compare various measurements for selectable countries and continents. [link removed due to maybe this is why the comment was summarily deleted as if it was offensive]
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