The WHO is advancing on the analysis of B.1.1.529
Maria van Kerkov, WHO Technology President for Covit-19, said the World Health Organization was studying a new variant of the corona virus that originated in South Africa, specifically where the mutations and their effects are located. Possible effects on the clinical picture.
“We don’t know much about this yet. We know that this variant has a high number of mutations,” he said. “What’s more worrying is that when you have multiple mutations, it can have an impact on how the virus works,” he added.
The whole of Europe is closed to the new variant
The 27 countries of the European Union have agreed to suspend flights to South Africa due to a new variant of the corona virus, as recommended by European Commission President Ursula van der Leyen this morning. Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, Spain and France accepted the suspension even before declaring social status.
Can the new variant bring down the delta?
In recent weeks, most scientists have speculated that the next worrying variant could be the result of a new evolution of the delta. However, p.1.1.529 belonged to a completely different strain.
Based on the experience of previous variants, it is known that some of these mutations have enormous transmission potential and lead to decreased efficacy of vaccines. Commenting on this new variant called B.1.1.529, British virologist Ravi Gupta said, “This is worrying, this is the first time I have said this from Delta.
The European Institute says it expects to think about new vaccines
The European Medicines Agency (EMA) insisted that the new variant of Covid-19 closely adheres to B.1.1.529, but clarified that it was “too early” to say whether renewed vaccines would be needed to combat it. “The EMA considers it too early to predict the need for an adaptive vaccine with a different combination to cope with this growing variation,” they noted.
Italy bans flights from South Africa
Italy has banned anyone crossing six African countries from entering the country in the past 14 days as a preventive measure against a new variant of the corona virus found in South Africa.
The Italian Minister of Health, Roberto Speranza, has signed legislation banning the entry of citizens passing through South Africa, Lesotho, Botswana and Zimbabwe. Mozambique, Namibia and Eswatini (formerly Swaziland).
After the first case of the new variant, Israel bans travel to almost all of Africa
Israel bans travel to all countries in Africa except Maghreb and Egypt, After the discovery in the country of the first case of the new variant of Govt-19 (b.1.1529) for the Israelis of Malawi.
“This strain is flying fast and is already in the country. There is a verified safe case, and we are analyzing three suspects. “Israeli Prime Minister Naphtali Bennett told a news conference that the country was facing a new state of emergency.”
South Africa complained about the activities
Government of South Africa Decisions taken by its neighbors and Europe to prevent the spread of a new variant of the corona virus “EmergencyForeign Ministry Spokeswoman Gilan Moniela said in a statement that the caretaker Prime Minister has begun packing to leave Government House.
“We were very transparent with the scientific information. We detected, disclosed the data and raised the alarm when epidemics were on the rise. We did this despite massive discrimination,” lamented Tulio de Oliveira, one of the scientists involved. Diagnosis P.1.1529.
Spain stops flights from South Africa and Botswana
Spain is proposing to EU countries to suspend flights with the region in response to the new variant of the corona virus and flights from South Africa and Botswana in accordance with the European Commission.
Spanish Health Minister Carolina Tarias said on Friday that the suspension of the flights would be proposed for cabinet approval next Tuesday. In addition, “with immediate effect”, the Directorate General of Public Health, in addition to the vaccine, will require “an antigen test or a PCR” for travelers from high-risk countries.
What is known about the new variant of the corona virus
New variant of corona virus Found that P.1.1529. The World Health Organization Relies on the Greek alphabet to name new types of interest, i.e. p.1.1529 May eventually be called nu, Because this is the next available letter.
Variation from the P.1.1 lineage, a Number of “incredibly high” mutationsExperts say. The The fear is, it is very contagious And is effective in suppressing the human body’s immune system.
They found the first case in Europe
The Belgian government on Friday announced the first case in Europe of a new variant of the Covit-19 found in South Africa. This is an unvaccinated person who has gone abroad.
Israel found a case of new variation
The Israeli Ministry of Health has registered a case of South African variation on a traveler from Malawi, while investigating two possible infections from foreigners. All three cases are from vaccinated individuals, although their vaccination data are being verified.
The WHO is analyzing the new variant
Experts from World Health Organization (WHO) Celebrate a meeting this Friday Analyze New variant of corona virus Identified in South Africa, which causes scientists to worry about thirty mutations That you have created.
WHO spokesman Christian Lindmeyer said it would take “several weeks” to understand the prevalence and severity of the new strain.
The new variant is affecting the economy
Major European stock markets opened this Friday with a fall of more than 3% due to the appearance of a new variant of the Corona virus P1.1.529. The Paris stock market fell 4.02%, London lost 2.93%, Madrid 3.48% and Frankfurt 3%. Earlier, the Tokyo Stock Exchange fell 3%.