New strain found in South Africa
A new Covid-19 strain from the African country of Botswana is spreading rapidly around the world, and scientists have issued a stern warning about this new strain. At the same time, many countries have begun imposing sanctions on South Africa. So far, tensions have spread from South Africa to Hong Kong. According to reports so far, Israel, the United Kingdom and Germany have imposed travel bans on South Africa. It is believed that this new strain of corona virus has emerged in Botswana, from where the US is breathing a sigh of relief as there is no direct flight to the US. The scientific name of this strain is B.1.1.529.
Forms have spread to many countries
South Africa and Hong Kong have confirmed the availability of the Botswana variant. Although patients of the new variant have been found, they have been quarantined, but it is feared that this variant has spread to many countries. At the same time, the Israeli Ministry of Health said that the new form was found in a person who had returned from Malawi. Although experts have advised to be patient with this variant, governments around the world seem to be terrified of it. According to the report, the Botswana variant may be renamed ‘Nu’ in the near future and there is a strong possibility that in the coming weeks, the graph of corona virus in South Africa will grow rapidly and wreak havoc.
Advice on border restrictions
Epidemiologists around the world have advised their governments to impose border restrictions. Dr. Eric Fiegel-Ding, an epidemiologist and senior fellow at the Federation of American Scientists, said the initial figures for the edition were “worrying” and that restrictions should be imposed. He tweeted, “Looks like the effect on vaccine effectiveness in this version could be real.” Pointing to this, he said, “Two patients in Hong Kong who were diagnosed with the form were given both doses of the Pfizer vaccine. However, they have been infected with the virus. One of the two recently returned from South Africa and another has been found to be positive.
“This form of corona virus is formed in the air and the virus is spread through the air,” said Dr. Fiegel-Ding. He said the other infected person from the corona patient who was quarantined at the hotel was in different rooms and when the air was checked, it was found that the virus was found in both the rooms. “I think the borders and travel restrictions are understandable,” he said. Especially since Hong Kong has spread the virus from person to person even during mandatory hotel quarantine. He said in which countries the virus could be present, nothing can be said at the moment.
When will India lift travel ban?
There is an atmosphere of terror in many parts of the world regarding the Botswana variant and the Government of India has stated that not a single patient of this variant has been reported in India so far. Official sources in the Indian government have said that the new variant is yet to be confirmed in India. However, the question is when India will finally take action on the travel ban. India’s door is open to almost every country and quarantine rules are not strict. Therefore, questions are being raised as to when the Indian government will take action, as it is not possible to say through which country this variant will reach India. According to the report, 77 cases have been confirmed in South Africa so far, while the cases could be in the hundreds.