In France, a New Covid Variant ‘IHU’ was Discovered

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The Omicron, a Covid variant is spreading amongst the human race like wildfire. This variant has created panic and has resulted in a meteoric rise of Covid-19 instances throughout the world.

In the meantime, according to researchers, a new strain of Covid-19 has just surfaced in France. The B.1.640.2 variant, which was founded by scholars at the IHU Mediterranean Infection Institute. The new variant, according to the researchers, has 46 mutations, which is more than Omicron in comparison. At least 12 instances of this new variety have been discovered near Marseilles, with travel to Cameroon being related.

In a series of tweets, Eric Feigl-Ding, a US epidemiology and health economist, mentioned the new covid type. “NEW VARIANT—French scientists have “rang the bell” after detecting a cluster of 12 cases of an “atypical combination” variant with **46 mutations & 37 deletions** in southern France, following the return of the index case from Cameroon,” he tweeted.

“Numerous new varieties are identified on a regular basis, but this does not necessarily imply that they will be more hazardous. “What makes a version more well-known and deadly is its propensity to multiply due to the number of mutations it has compared to the original virus,” tweeted epidemiologist Eric Feigl-Ding.”At this point, it becomes a “variant of concern,” such as Omicron, which is more infectious and immune-evasive. “It’s yet unclear which group this new variety will fall under,” the doctor added.

The B.1.640.2 has not been recorded in any other country, and the World Health Organization has not classified it as a variety under investigation (WHO). The news comes as France announces a new plan to combat non-vaccinated people. Despite a procedural snag in parliament overnight, French government officials pledged on Tuesday to enact a law banning unvaccinated persons from hospitality events by mid-January as scheduled.

Until now, France has enforced a COVID-19 health permit, which requires people to present either a recent negative test or proof of vaccination in order to enter restaurants, cafes, theatres, or board trains. The bill eliminates the option of presenting a negative test, effectively prohibiting unvaccinated people from entering hospitality establishments or travelling by rail. (With the help of the agency)

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