New COVID variant C.1.2 detected in South Africa: What is it? Should you be concerned? Here's everything you need to know – Times of India
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While the Delta variant of COVID-19 continues to wreak havoc in many parts of the world, another new variant called C.1.2 has been detected in South Africa, becoming a source of major concern for authorities across the globe.
The National Institute for Communicable Diseases in South Africa sent out an alert about the C.1.2 lineage, saying it had been detected in all provinces in the country, but at a relatively low rate. As per the statement, the variant was discovered in May and that Delta variant continues to remain the most dominant variant in S.A. and the world.
Unlike the Delta variant, there is not much known about the C.1.2 lineage currently.
However, reports suggest that the variant, since its origin in May, 2021, has been detected across the majority of the provinces in South Africa and in seven other countries spanning Africa, Europe, Asia and Oceania.
Dr Maria Van Kerkhove, technical head of the World Health Organization (WHO), has said, "The WHO has regularly been discussing with South African researchers their work on sequencing throughout the COVID-19 pandemic. We are grateful for researchers in South Africa who first presented their findings on variant C.1.2 to the WHO Virus Evolution Working Group in July '21."
As of now, there are 100 sequences of C.1.2 reported globally, which does not seem like "increasing in circulation", according to WHO.
Health officials claim that the Delta variant is still the most dominant strain.

Read more: Explainer: Why does the delta variant spread so fast?

According to the study conducted by National Institute for Communicable Diseases (NICD) and the KwaZulu-Natal Research Innovation and Sequencing Platform (KRISP) in South Africa, C.1.2 lineage has a mutation rate of about 41.8 mutations per year, which is about twice as fast as the current global mutation rate of the other variants.
Scientists have found that the majority of the C.1.2 sequences have 14 mutations, which include the usual suspects including N501Y, E484K and Y144del. In addition, it has been found that the new variant shares the T478K mutation with Delta.
The study has also revealed that the mutations may help the virus evade antibodies and immune response, acquired from previous infections from Alpha or Beta variants.

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Considering the kind of mutations that the C.1.2 lineage has, scientists believe that the variant may be more transmissible and may have the potential to dodge antibodies acquired from previous infections.

Read more: Can you get infected with multiple variants of COVID-19?

The mutations N440K and Y449H, which have been associated with immune escape from certain antibodies, are prevalent in the new COVID variant, making it a source of concern for health officials.
In addition to that, the new variant may also be capable of escaping vaccine-induced immunity. According to a study published on the preprint repository MedRxiv, which has not yet been peer-reviewed, the new COVID variant, C.1.2 lineage, detected in South Africa and many other countries globally, could evade protection provided by vaccines.
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