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South African Scientists discover new Covid variant

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Scientists in South Africa say they have detected a new Covid-19 variant with multiple mutations, blaming it for a surge in infection numbers.
Virologist Tulio de Oliveira told a hastily-called news conference that the variant, which goes by the scientific lineage number B.1.1.529, has a very high number of mutations.
He said it has also been detected in Botswana and Hong Kong among travellers from South Africa.

Health Minister Joe Phaahla said the variant was of “serious concern” and behind an exponential increase in reported cases.

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