‘IHU’ New Covid-19 variant discovered in France, likely to be more infectious than Omicron


Amid the mutated strain of deadly coronavirus called Omicron which has been leading a surge in Covid-19 infection across the globe and with which the whole world is still grappling! Now knocks the new and more mutated strain than Omicron. Scientists in France have identified this mutant named IHU the B.1.640.2 variant.

Institute IHU Mediterranee Infection academics discovered IHU, the B.1.640.2 variant. Researchers say that it contains 46 mutations – even more than Omicron – which makes it more resistant to vaccines and infectious.

A minimum of 12 cases of the new variant have been reported near Marseilles and has been linked to travel to the African country Cameroon.

The Omicron variant is still the dominant strain in most parts of the world. Meanwhile, the IHU variant’s threat is rapidly rising. As per the investigation by World Health Organization (WHO) the B.1.640.2 has not been spotted in other countries or labeled a variant.

An Epidemiologist Eric Feigl-Ding said that new variants keep emerging but it does not necessarily mean they will be more dangerous. “What makes a variant more well-known and dangerous is its ability to multiply because of the number of mutations it has in relation to the original virus,” he said.

“This is when it becomes a “variant of concern” – like Omicron, which is more contagious and more past immunity evasive. It remains to be seen in which category this new variant will fall,” the doctor further said.

The Omicron variant was detected in a sample taken from South Africa on November 24 last year. Since then, it has spread to more than 100 countries. In India, it has infected nearly 1,900 people.

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