New variant in southern France found to have '46 mutations' from original Covid

A new variant worries scientists after an outbreak in southern France.

Twelve patients in the region have so far tested positive for the strain showing an “atypical combination”. reports the Express.

The index case had returned from a trip to Cameroon, suggesting that it may have originated in the African country.

In a preprint paper that has yet to be examined by experts, experts from a French government program said they had identified “46 mutations” in the variant.

The variant bears the name B.1.640.2 and was detected for the first time by experts from the IHU Mediterranee Infection in Marseille.

The new variant for Covid-19 patients from Forcalquier in the Alpes-de-Haute-Provence region was announced last month.

While new variants are constantly being discovered, it doesn’t necessarily mean they are more dangerous than Delta or Alpha.

What makes a variant better known and more dangerous is its ability to reproduce due to the number of mutations it has in relation to the original virus like Omicron.

In the new December 29 preprint paper, scientists said, “SARS-CoV-2 variants have become a major virological, epidemiological and clinical problem, particularly in terms of the risk of escaping vaccine-induced immunity.”


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