Norway’s FHI is preparing a risk report related to the new coronavirus variant discovered in southern Africa

FHIPhoto: Fredrik Hagen / NTB
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The FHI is preparing a risk report on the new virus variant that has been discovered in southern Africa. The variant seems to be far more contagious than the delta variant.

The new variant, which has been named B. 1.1.529, has a very high number of mutations. The virus variant is blamed for an explosive outbreak in South Africa and has also been detected in Botswana, Hong Kong, and Israel.

Karoline Bragstad, section leader at the National Institute of Public Health (FHI), told Norwegian Broadcasting (NRK) that the FHI is working on a risk report on the variant, which appears to be far more contagious than the delta variant.

The World Health Organization (WHO) will decide on Friday whether the variant should be classified as “of interest” or “of concern.”

Bragstad says that it usually takes a lot for the WHO to classify a variant as a variant of concern.

Source: © NTB Scanpix / #Norway Today / #NorwayTodayNews

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