New Covid-19 Variant Not Driving Current Wave Of Infections

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C.1.2 is a new variant of Covid-19 that is circulating in South Africa. This is according to new research published this week.


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 C.1.2 is a new variant of Covid-19 that is circulating in South Africa. This is according to new research published this week.
The C.1.2 variant was first detected in Mpumalanga and Gauteng in May 2021. The National Institute for Communicable Disease (NICD) is concerned that the C.1.2 variant has the potential to drive the fourth wave in the near future.  
An associate professor at NICD, Professor Penny Moore said at the moment, the C.1.2 variant remains at a very low level in south africa.
“C.1.2 is responsible for only about two to three percent of infections in South Africa at the moment”, explained Professor Moore. They further stated that it is not a variant of concern, but it has the potential of becoming one.
Variants are expected to continue to emerge and Moore says the only way that the number of infections can be reduced is by increasing the number of people vaccinated. 
“The vaccines are there to lower the burden of Corona in the country, the variants are not caused by the people that are not vaccinated. Variants emerged from people that are infected, so if you reduce the number of infections in a country and globally, you can reduce the burden of infection, then you can reduce chances of virus to mutate”, said Moore.
As of 1 September 2021, a total of 6 145 216 South Africans have been fully vaccinated, according to the Department of Health. Of these, over 2.8 million received the Johnson & Johnson shot, while over 3.2 million were given the Pfizer vaccine. 
Meanwhile, the country administered more than a quarter of a million vaccines on Wednesday, pushing the total to 12 841 537.  In addition, the National Institute for Communicable Diseases (NICD) said the country logged 9 544 new COVID-19 infections.  This brings the total number of laboratory-confirmed cases to 2 787 203.
As of the first of September 2021, a total of more than six million South Africans have been fully vaccinated, according to the Department of Health. Of the vaccines administered, more than 2 million people have received the Johnson & Johnson vaccine while more than 3 million were given the Pfizer vaccine.

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