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Mutations, origin … what we know about the new variant discovered in France

In the South of France, one person would have infected at least twelve other people with this new variant.

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UA new variant of the coronavirus has been discovered in France, reports The last news. It could have a Cameroonian origin and has been classified by the World Health Organization (WHO) among the “variants under surveillance”. Not what, for the moment, to worry, according to the virologist Steven Van Gucht, questioned by HLN. “It is normal for the virus to mutate, it does so almost daily,” he reassures. “That variants appear here and there, it’s normal. As long as the mutation doesn’t take over omicron or delta, there is nothing to worry about. “

In the meantime, this mutation has been called B.1.640.2. and was found in a person who, in the South of France, was returning from a stay in Cameroon and who would have infected at least twelve people with this new variant of the coronavirus. A first scientific article (in pre-print) indicates, reports HLN, that infected people have “atypical mutation combinations”. 46 mutations were thus identified, against 37 for the omicron variant.

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