The whole world has been affected due to corona infection. This virus is also known to change its form. So far, many variants of this virus have been revealed around the world. Now a possible variant of interest (VOI) of corona has also been identified in South Africa. Which is assigned to the Pango lineage C.1.2. According to a leading daily report, researchers from South Africa’s National Institute for Communicable Diseases (NICD) and the KwaZulu-Natal Research Innovation and Sequencing Platform have reported that C.1.2 was first detected in May this year during the third wave of coronavirus. was diagnosed.
According to the report, this variant has since been found in most of the provinces of South Africa, including seven other countries in Africa, Europe, Asia and Oceania. Researchers have said in the research that this variant has not yet been reviewed and has been posted on the pre-print server MedRxiv. This variant of the coronavirus has been developed from C.1. It is one of the lineages that dominated the first wave of SARS-CoV-2 in South Africa.Researchers have reported that the transit efficiency of C.1.2 is also significantly increased. The new variant is highly mutated as compared to the C.1. This variant is more mutated than any of the original viruses found in Wuhan. According to research, C.1.2 has mutated 41.8 times in a year. About 52 percent of the spike mutations identified in this have been previously identified in other VOIs and VOCs.
The research also found that there has been a steady increase in the number of C.1.2 genomes in South Africa every month. Researchers have reported that this is similar to the increase observed during early detection in beta and delta variants in South Africa. This variant is more advanced than Delta and more study is needed to understand it.