Covid: How worrying are the UK, South Africa, and Brazil coronavirus variants?

By Michelle Roberts
Health editor, BBC News online

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New variants of coronavirus are emerging that are more infectious than the original one that started the pandemic.

Scientists are urgently studying these mutated versions to understand what threat they pose.

What are these new variants?

Experts’ concerns currently focus on a small number of new variants of coronavirus:

  • A

    UK variant that has become dominant in much of Britain and has spread to more than 50 other countries

  • A South Africa variant that has also been found in at least 20 other countries, including the UK
  • A variant from Brazil

It’s not unexpected that new variants have developed – all viruses mutate as they make new copies of themselves to spread and thrive.

There are many thousands of different versions, or variants, of Covid circulating.

Most of these differences are inconsequential. A few can even be harmful to the virus’s survival. But some can make it more infectious or threatening.

How serious is this?

It’s suspected that the UK, South Africa and Brazil variants could be much more contagious or easy to catch than earlier versions.

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2 health care workers admitted to the hospital after receiving Covid-19 vaccine, Health News, ET HealthWorld

Two health care workers were admitted to hospital as they reported Adverse Event Following Immunisation (AEFI) after receiving jab of Covid-19 vaccine in Odisha, official sources said. The condition of both the health care workers in Jagatsinghpur and Bargarh district was stated to be stable, they said on Thursday.

A 45-year-old female ASHA worker of Jagatsinghpur district was administered Covid-19 vaccine on January 19, following which she developed a headache and fainting attack on the very day. She was then admitted to the District Headquarters Hospital, where her condition was stated to be stable, an official said.

A 27-year-old female staff nurse of Bargarh district received Covid-19 vaccine shot on January 16. She developed fever on the same day and was admitted to hospital in Bargarh for observation. Her condition is currently stable, the official said.

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