Nu Variant What we know:
Fauci: Don’t know yet if the new variant will be resistant to current vaccines.
Belgium reports 2 suspected cases of new coronavirus variant.
Israel Prime Minister on new coronavirus variant B11529 : “We are currently on the verge of a state of emergency. … Our main principle is to act fast, strong and now”
Taiwan announced Friday plans to tighten quarantine rules following the identification of a highly transmissible COVID-19 variant in parts of the world, requiring travellers from six countries to stay in government quarantine facilities for 14 days on arrival.
WHO to hold midday conference to analyse new COVID-19 Nu variant B.1.1.529
A new Coronavirus variant circulating in South Africa is concerning doctors — in particular for one important feature that could impact vaccines.
NuVariant is gaining ground in some countries of Africa. We have seen this before with covid variants like beta/gamma/mu that gained regional dominance, but haven’t taken off as Delta has.
Israel reports its first confirmed case of new B11529 coronavirus variant in a traveller who flew an Airplane from Malawi. This is now the 3rd case outside of Africa (after 2 cases found in Hong Kong.
Doctors in Africa said that B.1.1.529 seems to have gone from 0.1% to 50% in just a couple of weeks, when it took Delta several months to achieve that.
Fears it could be more transmissible, evade immunity
Germany, France, UK & Israel impose travel bans.
South Africa reports 2,465 new cases, up 321% from last week
Stock markets tumble on fears of the new Nu variant from Africa.