The successfully being department on Saturday evening confirmed that two variants of concern had been detected in SA.
According to successfully being minister Dr Zweli Mkhize the Community for Genomic Surveillance in SA (NGS-SA) confirmed that two variants of concern, instead of the B.1.351 already dominating in SA, had been detected.
Of the B.1.1.7 variant which used to be first detected in the UK, there had been 11 cases, whereas the B.1.617.2 variant, which used to be first detected in India, four cases had been detected.
Of the eleven cases of B.1.1.7, eight had been detected in the Western Cape (with two having a ancient previous of fling back and forth from Bahrain), one used to be detected in KwaZulu-Natal and two had been detected in Gauteng.
“The B.1.1.7 has been detected in community samples and this therefore suggests that community transmission of B.1.1.7 has already position in.
“As the epidemic progresses, the detection of fresh variants is inevitable. The work of genomic surveillance assists us to detect the variants and perceive their behaviour and to refine vaccines so they remain efficient,” he said.
Mkhize said the four cases of the B.1.617.2 variant had been detected in Gauteng (2) and KwaZulu-Natal (2) and all contain a ancient previous of fresh arrival from India.
He said in addition the B.1.351 variant, which used to be first detected in SA, has been sequenced from a patient travelling from Bangladesh.
“All cases had been isolated and managed according to nationwide Covid-19 case management guidelines and find in touch with tracing has been performed in speak to restrict the spread of this variant.”
Mkhize said there had been a number of other samples from cases with a ancient previous of fresh fling back and forth into SA that’s in the imply time being sequenced. He said the outcomes are expected over the following few days.
“It’s far well-known to emphasise that variants can blueprint at any time in any nation so they attain now no longer contain to be imported.
“We reiterate that there is not such a thing as a need for peril, because the fundamentals of the final public successfully being response (testing, contact tracing, isolation and quarantine) contain now no longer changed.”
He said they had been “deeply concerned” about the menace of variants of concern and these reports explain that the position is sophisticated.
“Hotfoot restrictions will contain to be balanced against the scientific realities in speak to offer protection to the economy. These findings are urgently being processed by authorities and bulletins pertaining to fling back and forth regulations will be made in any case appropriate consultations had been undertaken by Cabinet.”
On Saturday, a total of 37 Covid-19 deaths had been reported in the nation, bringing the total to 54,724.
A full of 1,594,817 Covid-19 cases had been documented in SA, with Gauteng being the front-runner with 427, 782 cases and KwaZulu-Natal coming in 2d with 337,254 cases. The Western Cape follows with 288,052 cases.
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