France reported this Monday the detection of new variant of coronavirus IHU o B.1.640.2, of African origin and with 46 mutations, which represents a potential risk of being more resistant to currently developed vaccines.
The discovery took place for the first time in the southern region of the country and was analyzed by researchers from the Mediterranee Infections University Hospital Institute (IHU) based in Marseille.
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“The IHU variant has 46 mutations. This leads to the fear that IHU may be more resistant to existing vaccines.”the team of experts warned in a statement.
At least 12 people tested positive for coronavirus with IHU in the Marseille area, of which some required mild medical assistance and others were hospitalized.
Where was IHU detected and what are the symptoms of the new coronavirus variant?
The researchers indicated that the first case of coronavirus by the IHU variant It was detected in an adult from a small town in southeastern France who had traveled to Cameroon.
He was diagnosed with SARS-CoV-2 in an RT-PCR test performed in a private medical biology laboratory. “The person had developed mild respiratory symptoms the day before the positive”they pointed out.
So far, 46 mutations have been found in this new strain. “Their tests showed that this SARS-CoV-2 strain carries the N501Y mutation, which was first seen in the Alpha variant, which may make it more transmissible. Also also carries the E484K mutation, which could mean that the variant will be more resistant to vaccines“explained the French researchers.
CORONAVIRUS IN ARGENTINA: record of infections and community transmission of micron
The Ministry of Health reported on Tuesday the detection of 81,210 new cases of coronavirus, the highest number of daily records since the beginning of the Argentina pandemic.
Meanwhile, 49 deaths were counted and 1,218 were admitted to intensive care units.
“We expected this increase in cases. There is community circulation of the micron variant”, I recognized Sonia Tarragona, Chief of Cabinet of the Ministry of Health, in dialogue with continental radio.
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