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New Covid variant in S Africa has 10 mutations; 8 more than Delta

Scientists said that the new variant has at least 10 mutations, compared to two for Delta or three for Beta.

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A new variant of Covid-19, feared to have a high amount of spike mutations unseen before, has been detected in South Africa, with authorities there confirming 22 positive cases associated with it on Thursday.

Scientists said that the new variant has at least 10 mutations, compared to two for Delta or three for Beta. 

Dr Tom Peacock, a virologist at Imperial College London, had posted details of the new variant classed as B.1.1.529 on his Twitter account earlier this week, following which scientists have been weighing in on what is being considered a variant of concern – though it is yet to

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First Published: Nov 25 2021 | 11:11 PM IST

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