Covid: New heavily mutated variant B.1.1.529 in South Africa raises concern


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[–]AngrybutSmart 538 points539 points540 points  (68 children)

Lock down South Africa now and ban all arrivals from this region! Stop playing games!

[–]jderm1 324 points325 points326 points  (22 children)

The UK already has, which is highly unusual given how slow the gov has been to react to all previous variants

[–]wistful_fistful 109 points110 points111 points  (8 children)

We need more than just the UK to do some travel bans, otherwise the hell's the point?

[–]Your-Pal-Dave 78 points79 points80 points  (3 children)

Your right, people will just fly to Greece for a week then fly into the UK without having to quarenteen at all..

[–]this_sort_of_thing 68 points69 points70 points  (1 child)

Unusual and concerning if our government has acted this fast, which means they’re spooked by this variant by a decent margin.

[–]WyrmKin 146 points147 points148 points  (10 children)

It's already out there in the wild globally, South Africa is just very good at sequencing and identifying new mutations and strains because we have the labs for it with HIV/AIDs/TB research.

[–]wyrdyr 72 points73 points74 points  (4 children)

My parents flew to Seattle from the epicentre here in Joburg this week, and my sister-in-law and whole family is currently in the air on their way to London.

Assume its spread.

[–]wheezeburger 25 points26 points27 points  (0 children)


[–]swappinhood 12 points13 points14 points  (2 children)

Well they better appear before border force in the next 3 hours, because anyone who’s been in SA/surrounding countries will be banned from entering the UK at noon today, until hotel quarantine is up and running at 4 AM Sunday.

[–]Lumpzor 19 points20 points21 points  (2 children)

I'm really glad to see this level-headed response here. i'm currently living in Joburg, have been in SA all my life. People don't understand that it didn't necessarily mutate HERE, we just have TERRIFIC labs for detecting and sequencing this, which as you say are remnants from all of the HIV/AIDs/TB testing we do. they're incredibly well funded, and experts in the field from the world over come here to study and work, because of the incredible exposure/experience these labs afford them.

[–]fortevn 91 points92 points93 points  (17 children)

I'll be honest, it's probably already too late. This isn't anyone's fault either. The virus mutated and spread by itself, nobody could know until we detect it and analyze it.

By the time we read this article this new mutation already wrecking SA and has a case in Hong Kong.

It has also been found in Botswana and Hong Kong, the case in Hong Kong being a traveller from South Africa.

Being in HK is bad news because it's a big hub and very likely the virus has spread to China. And once it's in China it will spread to other Asia countries (Vietnam, Cambodia and Thailand are being very vulnerable here) and then to the West.

Who knows, maybe it's already in the US.

[–]dot_jar 25 points26 points27 points  (5 children)

Being in HK is bad news because it's a big hub and very likely the virus has spread to China

The HK case was when the traveler from South Africa was in their arrival quarantine, it has not spread into the community (HK has not had community transmission since June). Also, there is a 14 day quarantine when going from HK to mainland China, though it will likely be lifted soon with a small daily quota of quarantine free trips for essentials reasons being allowed

[–]Jaredlong 8 points9 points10 points  (0 children)

Feels like it's in the US with how suddenly cases started rising again recently. It's probably not, but if what's happening now is just regular delta, then it's a very bad sign of what will happen if this variant lands here.

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