“We have data from South Africa that PA.2 is now the most common strain in South Africa,” said John Nkengasong, director of the Africa Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.“.
He added that the strain was detected in Mozambique, Senegal, Botswana, Mauritius, Kenya and Malawi, according to Reuters.
He also indicated that it is likely to be found in other places, but it has not been monitored so far, due to weak monitoring systems.
The new strain had also spread in the United Kingdom and Denmark, with many of the same mutations found in the “Omicron”“.
Data from the British Health Security Agency showed that the new strain has the ability to spread faster than Omicron, but scientists have made it clear that there is no evidence so far, indicating that it is more severe or dangerous than it..
institute revealed (Wellcome Sanger), which produces maps of corona mutants circulating in the United Kingdom, that BA.2 It is now more common than the Delta breed, according to the British newspaper, “The Sun”.
Studies in Denmark, where infections with the new mutant make up more than half of omicron cases, found that there were no differences between (BA.2) and Omicron in terms of hospitalization risks.
She explained that the mutated strain of Omicron does not appear to cause more serious disease than the original Omicron, and is more similar to the common cold in most people, especially vaccinated people.
Health officials in Denmark, where most cases have emerged with the new mutation so far, said that vaccines against the Corona virus are still effective against the new strain.