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Covid-19 | New B.1.1.529 variant raises concern World-wide

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Shocking weather conditions and now a shocking new variant, which may potentially carry risky characteristics, for both vaccinated and unvaccinated persons.

A new variant has been detected and already with 22 confirmed cases that carry the B.1.1.529 variant. What is most shocking about this new discovery is mentions being stated that the variant can easily spread from one person to the next even when taking precautions.

Confirmations of whether or not people vaccinated are also at risk of contracting the variant has not been said, however people say they still fear for their lives as this proves all the implementations brought forth by the government have not been working and that now it makes it hard to now put hope and trust in the government that they may bring about a solution that may prevent the forth wave or rather not push for a hard lockdown.

The new variant was first discovered Monday 22 November 2021, after the National Institute of Communicable Disease (NICD) detected a group of linked SARS-CoV-2 viruses in South Africa, now called the B.1.1.529 variant, The NICD say this new variant carries a high number of mutations previously encountered in other variants. It is currently being monitored and further testing will take place as it spreads out.

Currently SA is again on the red list for travel ban, which will also affect other parts of African countries around South Africa. NICD said “a very unusual constellation of mutations which are worrying” have been detected in the B.1.1.529, Government said they are now hoping more people will come out in numbers to get vaccinated and minimise the spread of the virus which now carries worrying mutations.

Business owners say they worry because now its festive season they are meant to make more money than usual but with the B.1.1.529, they see a lot of “impossibilities” rather than money meant to also come via tourists but with the travel ban, this will now be one dry season.

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