The World Health Organization (WHO) anticipates more variants of the coronavirus disease in the coming months.
New variants of COVID-19 have been detected in Nigeria, Canada, Britain, South Africa, and more recently in the U.S.
According to reports, these variants are more aggressive and infectious. It has also prompted several countries to put new travel restrictions in place.
WHO Technical Lead on COVID-19, Dr. Maria van Kerkhove, has pointed out that more mutations are expected as the pandemic continues.
“I just want to point out that as we go on with this pandemic, more variants, more mutations will be identified. We have people; we have groups who are linked together,” said the technical lead.
She also said, “there’s a process in place to make sure that the appropriate laboratory studies are being done.”
She said further that “it’s important to note that these laboratory studies take time.”
However, she said, “We expect to have results of further lab studies in both the U.K. and in South Africa in the coming days and the coming weeks.”
Nigel Bell, Readers Bureau, Contributor
Edited by Jesus Chan
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