Two cases of the new South African variant of Covid-19 have been detected in the UK, it is likely to be more transmissible, may hit young people harder, and maybe slightly more resistant to vaccines, scientists in South Africa believe.
Research is still continuing to confirm the threat posed by the variant.
The South African variant does not appear to provoke more serious symptoms or require different treatment.
Some fear that the more numerous individual mutations of the South African variant may make it able to “re-infect” individuals who have already caught the virus and recovered.
Scientists in South Africa are still working “calmly and methodically” to fully understand the new variant, known as 501Y.V2.