The coronavirus mutation continues. Unfortunately, while scientists are studying a new British strain of the virus, a new mutating virus strain has emerged in the Republic of South Africa. Scientists conducted several studies and found that it spreads 50% faster than the usual type of coronavirus infection.
Scientists also found that the destructive power of the new strain is much higher. The new COVID-19 strain penetrates the human body easily. At the same time, it holds more tightly in human cells.
The new COVID-19 strain was named 501Y.V2. South African scientists discovered it in December 2020. Scientists claim that this virus strain is the main cause of the second wave of COVID-19 disease. In January, the number of cases of COVID-19 exceeded 21 thousand.
The African strain is one of several new COVID-19 strains. At the end of 2020, new strains were identified in Britain and Brazil. Unfortunately, the emergence of new mutations of the coronavirus infection worsens the situation around the world. Scientists are trying to study all types of coronavirus strains and prevent the spread of COVID-19.
The South African strain COVID-19 has been found in Europe, Asia and America, and other African countries. The emergence of a new strain led to the limitation of air communications with South Africa.