Southwestern Public Health reports COVID-19 variant in region

05 Mars, 2021, 19:16 | Auteur: Christine Menetries
  • HEALTH Coronavirus

The discovery of the variant in the jurisdiction covered by Southwestern Public Health reinforces the need for the public to continue to follow public health measures aimed at curbing the virus' spread, according to Lock.

Health director-general Dr Noor Hisham Abdullah said those infected were foreign nationals who arrived from Dubai and tested positive after being administered RT-PCR tests.

Further analysis indicated the presence of protein spike mutations such as E484K as well as protein deletions seen in a variant first detected in Britain, Hisham said. Public Health Ontario has been testing about three per cent of all positive COVID-19 tests for variants.

The findings mean there are now four VUIs and four VOCs being tracked by scientists in the UK.

A medical worker receives a vaccine for the coronavirus disease at a vaccination centre in Serdang, Malaysia, on Thursday.

Meanwhile, broadcaster and leading fertility expert Lord Winston warned the risk of a risky new variant against which there was no defence was "eventually likely to be inevitable".

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The comments came as the Government announced additional testing and genomic sequencing for targeted areas of north-west London and north-east England where the South African VOC has been found.

Elsewhere, additional testing in targeted parts of London and Stockton-on-Tees, in County Durham, aims to suppress the spread of the South African variant of concern, which was first sequenced in the United Kingdom in December 2020.

This includes surge testing in South Gloucestershire after cases of the Manaus variant of coronavirus were discovered.

Southwestern Public Health has confirmed two cases of COVID-19 variants in the region.

A study this week suggested that between 25% and 61% of people in Manaus who previously had Covid were susceptible to reinfection with the P1 variant. These are the first cases of a variant to be found in the region.

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