New Covid-19 variant is dominant in South Africa
A new Covid-19 variant with a higher viral load has become dominant in South Africa, announced Health Minister Zweli Mkhize in a public briefing yesterday (19).
A report suggests that this new variant is driving the second wave.
Mkhize said a genomics team, led by the Kwazulu-Natal Research Innovation and Sequencing Platform has sequenced hundreds of samples from across the country since the beginning of the pandemic in March.
They noticed that a particular variant has increasingly dominated the findings of the samples collected in the past two months.
This particular variant has been reported in other countries, including the UK and Australia.