What We Know So Far About C.1.2, New «Highly Infectious» Strain: 10 Facts

What We Know So Far About C.1.2, New 'Highly Infectious' Strain: 10 Facts

C.1.2 is not yet a variant to follow nor a variant of concern, according to WHO. (Representational)

The new C.1.2 variant of Covid, found in South Africa, has become the new cause for worry in the middle of a Delta-driven surge in many countries. Scientists say the strain may have a greater ability to evade antibodies that protect the body.

  1. According to a study that is yet to be peer reviewed, the C.1.2 variant could be more infectious and has shown signs of evading protection provided by vaccines.

  2. The study posted on the preprint repository MedRxiv on August 24 says the C.1.2 has mutated substantially compared to C.1, which dominated the Covid first wave in South Africa.

  3. Richard Lessells, an infectious disease specialist and one of the authors of the research on C.1.2, was quoted by Reuters as saying that C.1.2 "may have more immune evasion properties than Delta", based on its pattern of mutations, and that the findings had been flagged to the World Health Organisation.

  4. The study says the C.1.2 lineage has a rate of about 41.8 mutations per year, which is about twice as fast as the current global mutation rate of other variants.

  5. The C.1.2 was first detected in South Africa in May. It has since been found in China, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Mauritius, England, New Zealand, Portugal and Switzerland.

  6. The C.1.2 is not yet a variant to follow nor a variant of concern, according to WHO.

  7. It is not a single virus but a clustering of genetically similar viruses known as C.1.2. Researchers found that the cluster picked up a lot of mutations in a short period of time. Tt has 40-59 mutations more than the original COVID-19 virus.

  8. Many mutations are associated in other variants with increased transmissibility and reduced sensitivity to neutralising antibodies, but they occur in a different mix and scientists are still examining how they affect the behaviour of the virus.

  9. The C.1.2 has not been found in India so far, news agency ANI has quoted government sources as saying.

  10. Mumbai's civic body Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) has made RT-PCR tests a must for passengers from UK, Europe, Middle East, South Africa, Brazil, Bangladesh, Botswana, China, Mauritius, New Zealand and Zimbabwe.


NDTV News

NDTV.com provides latest news from India and the world. Get today’s news headlines from Business, Technology, Bollywood, Cricket, videos, photos, live news coverage and exclusive breaking news from India.

https://www.ndtv.com/

Related news
Pete Buttigieg defends Biden's plan to solve supply chain bottleneck.

Pete Buttigieg defends Biden's plan to solve supply chain bottleneck.

Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg acknowledges driver shortage and a supply chain bottleneck with a positive outlook following the president's plan to keep ports open. #FoxNews #SpecialReport Subscribe to Fox News! Watch more Fox News Video:...

Monarch or revolutionary? What leaders do Africans yearn for? - DW News.

Monarch or revolutionary? What leaders do Africans yearn for? - DW News.

Soldiers have been deployed across schools in Eswatini where students have been protesting. They are demanding political reforms and are calling for the release of two MP's who were arrested during pro-democracy protests earlier this year. Eswatin...

Hannity blasts 'vile' Biden amid reports of Taliban killings, inflation at home.

Hannity blasts 'vile' Biden amid reports of Taliban killings, inflation at home.

Host Sean Hannity sounds off in his Opening Monologue #hannity #foxnews Subscribe to Fox News! Watch more Fox News Video: Watch Fox News Channel Live: FOX News Channel (FNC) is a 24-hour all-encompassing news service delivering breaking news as we...

Boris Johnson joins Keir Starmer to lay flowers at church where MP Sir David Amess was murdered.

Boris Johnson joins Keir Starmer to lay flowers at church where MP Sir David Amess was murdered.

Boris Johnson has today paid a sombre visit to the church where Sir David Amess was murdered to lay flowers. The Prime Minister was joined by Priti Patel and Sir Keir Starmer in a rare show of cross-party unity during the visit, which comes less t...

Tucker: What is the point of having a government?

Tucker: What is the point of having a government?

Tucker Carlson and Maine State Sen. Lisa Keim, R-Oxford, sound off on vaccine mandates causing mass job shortages among first responders. Subscribe to Fox News! Watch more Fox News Video: Watch Fox News Channel Live: FOX News Channel (FNC) is a 24...

Stabbing of UK lawmaker Amess declared a 'terrorist incident' - DW News.

Stabbing of UK lawmaker Amess declared a 'terrorist incident' - DW News.

In the United Kingdom where the police say the death of David Amess was a terror incident. The conservative lawmaker was stabbed multiple times as he met with constituents. A 25-year-old man is in custody. Police now say their investigation has re...