New coronavirus variant confirmed in South Africa

Shoppers in Soweto

Shoppers stand in a queue while they wait to enter the Jabulani Mall in Soweto, on March 31, 2020. As of Friday, South Africa had recorded 892,813 known cases of Covid-19 with 24,000 known deaths.

Photo credit: Luca Sola | AFP

A new variant (lineage) of the Sars-CoV-2 virus, which causes the coronavirus disease, has been detected in South Africa, scientists have announced.

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