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South Africa new Covid-19 variant ‘cause of concern’; Here's what we know so far. 10 points

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South Africa's new Covid-19 variant: What we know so far Virologists have detected almost 100 cases linked to the variant in the country to date.

In Botswana -- a neighbour of South Africa -- the new variant has been detected in vaccinated people. B.1.1.529 is likely to have evolved during chronic infection of an immuno-compromised person, possibly in an untreated HIV/AIDS patient, said Francois Balloux, director of the UCL Genetics Institute.

South Africa has started to see a renewed surge in Covid-19 case numbers, particularly in the most populous province of Gauteng.

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