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South Africa detects new COVID******
A baby cries as her mother receives her Pfizer vaccine against COVID-19 in Diepsloot Township near Johannesburg on October 21.。
Scientists in South Africa said on Thursday they had detected a new COVID-19 variant with a large number of mutations, blaming it for a surge in infection numbers.。
The number of daily infections in Africa's hardest-hit country has increased tenfold since the start of the month.。
In response, Britain banned all travel from the country and five other southern African nations as concerns grow about the new variant, which scientists say could be more infectious than Delta and more resistant to current vaccines.。
"Unfortunately we have detected a new variant, which is a reason for concern in South Africa," virologist Tulio de Oliveira told a hastily called news conference.。
The variant, which goes by the scientific label B.1.1.529, "has a very high number of mutations," he said, adding that the World Health Organization may give it a Greek variant name – like the dominant Delta strain – on Friday.。
"It's unfortunately causing a resurgence of infections," he said.。
The variant has also been detected in Botswana and Hong Kong among travelers from South Africa, de Oliveira added.。
The WHO said it is "closely monitoring" the reported variant and is expected to meet on Friday to determine if it should be designated a variant of "interest" or of "concern."
"Early analysis shows that this variant has a large number of mutations that require and will undergo further study," the WHO added.。
'A major threat'
South African Health Minister Joe Phaahla said the variant was of "serious concern" and behind an "exponential" increase in reported cases, making it "a major threat."
The country's daily number of infections hit 1,200 on Wednesday, up from 106 earlier in the month.。
Before the detection of the new variant, authorities had predicted a fourth wave to hit South Africa starting around the middle of December, buoyed by travel ahead of the festive season.。
The government-run National Institute for Communicable Diseases said 22 positive cases of the new variant have been recorded in the country.。
The NICD said the number of detected cases and the percentage testing positive are "increasing quickly" in three of the country's provinces including Gauteng, home to the economic hub Johannesburg and the capital Pretoria.。
A cluster outbreak was recently identified, concentrated at a higher education institute in Pretoria, the NICD added.。
Last year, the Beta variant of the virus first emerged in South Africa, although until now its infection numbers have been driven by Delta, which was originally detected in India.。
South Africa has the highest pandemic numbers in Africa with around 2.95 million cases, of which 89,657 have been fatal.。
Scientists said the new variant has at least 10 mutations, compared with two for Delta and three for Beta.。
"The concern is that when you have so many mutations, it can have an impact on how the virus behaves," Maria Van Kerkhove, the WHO's technical lead on COVID-19, said at a virtual press briefing.。
"It will take a few weeks for us to understand what impact this variant has on any potential vaccines," she added.。
Neutralizing the variant is "complicated by the number of mutations this variant" contains, said one of the South African scientists Penny Moore.。
"This variant contains many mutations that we are not familiar with," she added.。
The Africa Centres for Disease Control and Prevention said it will soon meet South African experts to discuss the variant.。
"There are so many variants out there but some of them are of no consequence on the trajectory of the epidemic," Africa CDC head John Nkengasong told a news conference on Thursday.。
Kazakh president fails to quell protests, ex******
A burnt car outside the Almaty mayor's office. Protests are spreading across Kazakhstan over rising fuel prices. Protesters broke into the mayor's office and set it on fire.。
Troops and protesters clashed in Kazakhstan's largest city Almaty yesterday, with police saying tens of rioters had been "eliminated" as they tried to storm their offices.。
Several armored personnel carriers and dozens of troops entered the main square of Almaty yesterday morning where hundreds of people were protesting against the government for the third day.。
Gunshots were heard as troops approached the crowd, but the situation in the square had calmed down since then.。
Around Kazakhstan, protests initially sparked by a fuel price rise killed eight police and national guard troops on Tuesday and Wednesday, prompting Kazakh president Kassym-Jomart Tokayev to appeal for help from a Russia-led security alliance.。
State television reported yesterday that the National Bank of Kazakhstan had decided to suspend work of banks in the country for the safety of their workers.。
The Internet in the country is mostly down.。
A Russia-led military alliance said it would send peacekeeping forces to "stabilize" Kazakhstan, blaming mass protests that have plunged the ex-Soviet country into chaos on "outside interference."
Long seen as one the most stable of the ex-Soviet republics of Central Asia, energy-rich Kazakhstan was facing its biggest crisis in decades after protesters angry over rising fuel prices stormed government buildings.。
Tokayev said in an address to the nation early yesterday that he had appealed to the Russia-led Collective Security Treaty Organization, which includes five other ex-Soviet states, to combat what he called "terrorist groups" that had "received extensive training abroad."
Troops in the main square of Kazakhstan's main city, Almaty, where hundreds of people protested against the government after authorities' decision to lift price caps on liquefied petroleum gas.。
The CSTO's chairman, Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan, then said on Facebook that the alliance would send "collective peacekeeping forces ... for a limited period of time in order to stabilize and normalize the situation in this country" that was caused by "outside interference."
Tokayev said that "terrorists" were seizing buildings, infrastructure and "premises where small arms are located."
He added that they had also commandeered five planes at the airport in the country's biggest city Almaty and said that Kazakhstan's air forces were engaged in a "stubborn battle" near the city.。
"I intend to act as tough as possible," he warned in an earlier address.。
"Together we will overcome this black period in the history of Kazakhstan."
In Almaty on Wednesday night, hundreds of protesters – some wearing helmets – gathered in the city center and paraded a police vehicle draped with Kazakh flags.。
Some videos on social media showed protesters seizing weapons.。
Others showed mostly empty streets with the sound of explosions and automatic weapons firing in the background, after local authorities announced the start of "anti-terrorist" operations.。
Protests spread across the nation of 19 million this week in outrage over a New Year increase in prices for liquid petroleum gas.。
LPG is widely used to fuel cars in the west of the country.。
Thousands took to the streets in Almaty and in the western province of Mangystau, saying the price rise was unfair given oil and gas exporter Kazakhstan's vast energy reserves.。
After a night of unrest that saw more than 200 people detained, several thousand protesters stormed the mayor's office in Almaty on Wednesday afternoon and appeared to have seized control of the building.。
TASS news agency quoted the health ministry as saying more than 1,000 people had been injured during the protests.。
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