The Department of Health has confirmed that variants of the Covid-19 virus first identified in the UK and India have been detected in South Africa.
The Network for Genomic Surveillance in South Africa (NGS-SA) confirmed that 2 variants of concern, other than the B.1.351 already dominating in South Africa, have been detected.
These are: B.1.617.2 (first detected in India)- 4 cases and the B.1.1.7 (first detected in the UK)- 11 cases.
“The four cases of B.1.617.2 have been detected in Gauteng (2) and KwaZulu-Natal (2) and all have a history of recent arrival from India,” the department said in a statement.
In regards to the variant first identified in the UK, the Department said, “Of the eleven cases of B.1.1.7, eight were detected in the Western Cape (with two having a history of travel from Bahrain), one was detected in KwaZulu- Natal and two were detected in Gauteng.”