Suara.com – The South Korean government reported the first two cases of the delta plus variant of Covid-19, amid the threat of a fourth wave of Corona virus infections.
Reported by ANTARA, the Korea Disease Control and Prevention Agency (KDCA) reported two cases of the virus, which is thought to have originated in South Africa.
The Delta Plus variant is a sublineage of the Delta variant first identified in India, and has acquired a spike protein mutation called K417N.
Reports of cases of the Delta Plus variant of COVID-19 have been few so far, and several countries, including the UK, Portugal and India, have reported several cases of the variant.
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“The first case (in South Korea) was identified in a man in his 40s who has no recent travel records,” KDCA told Reuters via text message.
Test results on people who had contact with the man showed that one of his family members tested positive, but KDCA did not confirm that the patient was infected with Delta Plus.
“The second case was found in an overseas traveler,” KDCA said.
Health authorities say several key vaccines work against the Delta variant, which is highly contagious and has become dominant in many countries.
However, South Korean health authorities have also raised concerns that the new strains could be resistant to some vaccines.
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Some scientists say the Delta Plus variant may be more contagious. Several studies are underway in India and globally to test the effectiveness of the vaccine against the variant.
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