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New, heavily mutated Covid-19 variant found in South Africa

25 November 2021 1:37 PM
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Mandy Wiener
Eyewitness News
Mia Lindeque
The Midday Report
Covid-19 variant
B.1.1.529

Mandy Wiener interviews Eyewitness News reporter Mia Lindeque.

Scientists have detected a new Covid-19 variant in South Africa, Botswana and Hong Kong.

The B.1.1.529 variant has a very large number of mutations, leading to concerns that it may enable the virus to escape immunity.

Meanwhile, there are early warning signs that the county is entering a fourth wave of infections.

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Mandy Wiener interviewed Eyewitness News reporter Mia Lindeque (scroll up to listen).

… the fourth wave is likely to be driven by a new variant… It’s too early [to consider lockdowns] …

Mia Lindeque, reporter - Eyewitness News

Even if you are vaccinated, it doesn’t mean you won’t contract the virus, it’s to prevent severe illness. Now is the time to get vaccinated… We have about 16 million J&J and Pfizer vaccines at our central cold storage facilities…

Mia Lindeque, reporter - Eyewitness News



25 November 2021 1:37 PM
Tags:
Mandy Wiener
Eyewitness News
Mia Lindeque
The Midday Report
Covid-19 variant
B.1.1.529

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