The South African variant of the new coronavirus may already be widespread in Slovakia. This was stated by a virologist from the Slovak Academy of Sciences (SAS) Boris Klempa.
This happened on Tuesday after the meeting of scientists with President Zuzana Čaputová. He also said that the mediated case of a man from Nitra was not positive. “I can’t rule out that he couldn’t be in Slovakia,” he immediately added that he sees the meaning, among other things, in sequencing.
They are a complication
According to Klemp, the new variants represent a complication. He stated that the British mutation is already prevalent in Slovakia. “It is not true that a new Czech or Czechoslovak variant is spreading from us to the world these days,” stated that the strain may have contributed to the deterioration in the fall.
He pointed out that the South African and Brazilian variants are not only more infectious, but also more resistant to the immune response and vaccinations. There is also a higher probability of re-infection.
“Therefore, it is important not to resign in order to prevent the spread of these new variants,” he appealed. According to him, it is therefore necessary to strictly control people coming from abroad and to deal with the identification of new types of virus.
We’re in hell
“We’re in data hell,” evaluated mathematician Richard Kollár. According to him, there are no data on how many patients come and go from hospitals, the numbers of patients on artificial lung ventilation are not sitting, their age, we do not know the structure of the tests, there is no information about tracing. He noted that in Slovakia we have the best tests in Europe for the British mutation, but we still do not know about its development. There is also a lack of data on where people become infected.
Doctor Peter Visolajský stated that high death rates are a consequence of the state of the Slovak healthcare system. Therefore, it should be a priority for future governments.
The 501Y.V2 variant was first recorded in December 2020 in the Republic of South Africa (JAR). Preliminary studies have also spread more rapidly, but it has not yet been confirmed to cause a more severe course of COVID-19. The variant has already been confirmed in several EU member states, including France and the Austrian federal state of Tyrol.
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