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New strain found in South Africa marks 'big jump in evolution' of Covid-19

In the past two days, scientists detected the B1.1.529 variant after observing an increase in infections in South Africa's economic hub surrounding Johannesburg.

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South Africa | Coronavirus

Lynsey Chutel & Andrés R Martínez | NYT  |  Johannesburg 



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File photo: A miner receives a Covid-19 vaccine at Anglo American Platinum Ltd.'s Tumela mine in Amandelbult, South Africa. Photographer: Waldo Swiegers/Bloomberg

Scientists in identified on Thursday a concerning new variant of the coronavirus, whose mutations mark a “big jump in evolution” that is driving a spike in new cases. Hours later, Britain banned flights from six southern African nations, citing the variant.

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First Published: Fri, November 26 2021. 09:46 IST

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