Only a matter of time before Indian variant of Covid hits us

Gordon_R

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There are multiple variants, though no proof that any are particularly dangerous:
The original India variant - officially known as B.1.617 - was first detected in the country in October.

That version has now been re-characterised as three different subtypes, all with slightly different genetic mutations.

The UK has seen a sharp increase in one version in particular, known as B.1.617.2, which now makes up the majority of all Indian variant cases and appears to be growing faster than other versions.
PHE scientists think with "moderate confidence" that it spreads at least as quickly as the version of the virus first found in Kent last year - known as B.1.1.7 - which is currently dominant in the UK.

But a source has told the BBC there is no evidence this version of the Indian variant is resistant to current vaccines.

It does not feature the E.484K mutation found in the South African variant of the virus, which could help the virus dodge a person's immune system and may affect how well coronavirus vaccines work.
 

JohnStarr

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Because the border posts can’t keep up with the influx of immigrants.
Passports are not an african thing.
This is a chat about the variant found in India coming to RSA...hence the "close the borders" comment. This is not an African thing.
 

JohnStarr

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I the variant hits South Africa, the population will drop by at least 10 million people in 3 years. God speed everyone.
Sauce? Based on what (PS: I am not a COVID denier either!)...
 

newklear

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This is a chat about the variant found in India coming to RSA...hence the "close the borders" comment. This is not an African thing.
With 20% greater transmissibility as shown in India, this may well become an African thing.

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and Angola is flaring:
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