This is incredibly positive news and this is despite having an identified mutated variant of the virus adding further evidence to the belief that it is our high standards of health and safety measures, our wide-open spaces and our low people densities that our numbers remain so low.
The SA variant explained
WHO’s Chief Scientist Dr Soumya Swaminathan explained in an episode of Science in 5.
There have been two variants reported to WHO, one identified in the UK and one identified in South Africa. A variant is the result of a virus changing and mutating. The concern regarding these variants has been due to the belief that they were associated with an increase in the number of cases in both the UK and South Africa. They are also believed to spread faster, are more transmissible or more infectious.
Dr Soumya Swaminathan went on to explain that, ‘they do not seem to cause more severe illness or a higher death rate or any sort of different clinical manifestations.’ ‘They seem to behave pretty much as the previous viruses were behaving and cause a pretty similar kind of disease.‘
Watch the full interview
Visit the official South Africa coronona virus update website for the full statistics on our numbers in South Africa.
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