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WHO calls meeting over new Covid strain found in South Africa, Botswana

WHO is convening an emergency meeting Friday to discuss the potentially rapidly spreading COVID strain found in South Africa and Botswana

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WHO, Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus
The head of the World Health Organization, Tedros Adhanom. (Photo: AP)

The World Health Organization (WHO) is convening an emergency meeting Friday to discuss the potentially rapidly spreading COVID strain found in and Botswana, the Financial Times reported, citing sources.

Earlier, the Daily Mail reported that scientists from the UK had warned of the appearance of a strain, which contains 32 mutations, in Botswana. Many of the mutations indicate its high transmissibility and resistance to vaccines, the strain has more changes in the spike protein than all other COVID-19 variants. The South African National Institute of Infectious Diseases later also confirmed that the new strain had been found in South Africa, with 22 cases to date.

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First Published: Fri, November 26 2021. 07:17 IST