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New Covid variant found in South Africa: What is known about B.1.1.529

A new variant of the coronavirus that causes Covid-19 -- called B.1.1.529 -- has been identified in South Africa

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Lisa Du and Prinesha Naidoo | Bloomberg
A new variant of the coronavirus that causes Covid-19 -- called B.1.1.529 -- has been identified in South Africa, with officials there saying it’s of concern. Fears a new strain could fuel outbreaks in many countries, straining health systems, potentially evading vaccines and complicating efforts to reopen economies and borders, sent a wave of risk aversion across global markets Friday.
 
Here’s what we know so far:

1. What’s different about this variant? 
 
Scientists say B.1.1.529 carries a high number of mutations in its spike protein, which plays a key role in the virus’ entry into cells in the body. It’s also

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First Published: Nov 26 2021 | 11:54 AM IST

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