We were you a few days ago informScientists from the French IHU Méditerranée Infection have discovered a new type of coronavirus.
They published their discovery in a scientific study in a professional journal Medrxiv, but not yet reviewed. The new variant is called “Alternative IHU” or with 1.640. At least 12 people were due to be infected in the Marseille region.
Researchers were due to discover the first case last month of a passenger returning from West Africa, Cameroon. Some people who experienced this type in southeastern France were taken to hospital.
The new variant contains more mutations than the omicron variant. Scientists have discovered up to 46 mutations, omikron has about 37 mutations. The E484K protein mutation, which is thought to reduce or overwhelm the immunity provided by vaccines, may be a problem. News.com.au.
A new variant has occurred in the Czech Republic
This was confirmed by the laboratory of the University Hospital Hradec Kralove with a sample from a man from the region of Hradec Kralove. He says this is the first appearance of a new variant of COVID-19 in the Czech Republic Hospital official website.
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This mutation was confirmed in vitro by whole genome sequencing. “A sample was taken from a man on December 29, 2021 for a suspected omicron variant, and samples from two relatives are ready for sequencing. Hygienists are now examining the man’s infection,” said Vladimir Palichka, director of the Hradec Kralove University Hospital.
Sequence data have been submitted to the Institute of Molecular Genetics of the Academy of Sciences. The B.1.640 variant was first detected in the Republic of the Congo in September 2021, but most cases have been reported from France.
Omicron in full force
Omicron, a variant of the coronavirus, already accounts for half of all new infections in the Czech Republic. This is followed by analysis by DIANA Biotechnologies, the manufacturer of the PCR test.
According to this analysis, the Omicron wave should peak in the Czech Republic around January 25, with up to 200,000 infections per day. The news portal TN.cz reports this.
“We’ve been pursuing this option since mid-December,” said DIANA Biotechnologies Director Václav Navrátil. “The average share of this variant in controlled laboratories was 50 percent as of January 4, which means up to 5,000 cases of oomicrons per day across the Czech Republic,” added.
The national reference laboratory of the Czech State Institute of Public Health (SZÚ) reached similar conclusions. “More than 50 percent of all positive cases can reach an oomicron in about ten days to two weeks.” SZU Director Barbora Macková stated.
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