Details about new variant of Corona virus

Details about new variant of Corona virus

Team Ambitiousbaba and AB are here with a Current Affairs Special Series. In this series, candidates will be introduced to current affairs topics daily, which will not only improve their general awareness but also will ensure that the candidates do not lack in any current affairs topic. Today’s Current Affairs topic is “Details about new variant of Corona virus

A new variant of the corona virus is stimulating unease around the world. The variant which is scientifically known as B.1.1.529 was first detected in South Africa and has been seen in Botswana and Hong Kong.

The new Covid variant has invoked fears of fresh out breaks. The egression of this new variant has led to scaling up of screening of incoming passengers from these countries. Indian government has published directive to states on Thursday to test passengers from these countries including those transiting through them.

10 Things about new Covid variant:

1. The concern about the new variant ‘B.1.1.529’ is its higher mutations and especially in its spike protein, that could evade immunity including the one who has been vaccinated.

2. It has been not cleared about transmission of the variant with comparison to earlier ones.

  1. A Bloomberg report referred a scientist in London saying that “it likely developed during a chronic infection of an immune-compromised person, possibly in an untreated HIV/AIDS patient”. It is also not well-defined how this variant emerged.
  2. In a short span of time it has become a dominant strain in South Africa among new infections.
  3. Four cases have been reported from neighboring Botswana. In Hong Kong, a traveler from South Africa was detected with the variant, and another case was discovered in a person quarantined in a hotel room across the hall.
  4. Scientists told Daily Mail that the unprecedented number of mutations could work against the virus variant and make it fluid.
  5. A major concern about the new variant for scientists is that because of its high number of mutations in spike protein, the vaccines which were developed keeping in mind the earlier strain, will not exploit against this new variant.
  6. Similar fear was expressed around the Beta variant earlier in the year because of its ability to bypass immune response but it was Delta which was surged all over the world because of its higher infectivity.
  7. The World Health Organisation is going to meet on Friday to talk about the new variant and measure if it needs to be designated a variant of interest or concern.
  8. The WHO would be giving a Greek name to the newly found variant of Corona Virus which might be called as ‘Nu’.

Question & Answer:

Q1. What is the scientific name of new covid-19 variant which is invoking new break outs?

Ans. B.1.1.529

Q2. Who is the director general of World Health Organisation?

Ans. Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus

Q3. In which country new variant of Covid-19 was first detected?

Ans. South Africa (also found in Botswana and Hong Kong)

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