A new, so-called super variant of the coronavirus has been identified in South Africa. Therefore, Ursula von der Leyen, president of the European Commission, would like to halt air traffic from the South African region.
The British and the Israeli government already implemented travel restrictions before in the case of South African countries like Botswana, Lesotho or Namibia. The authorities of the Republic of South Africa reported about a new, B.1.1.529 variant on Thursday. The new variant having more than 30 mutations raised concerns because it can evade the body’s immune reaction easier. Furthermore, it spreads quicker than other variants’.
Altogether 162 patients died of a Covid-related illness during the past 24 hours, while 11,871 new coronavirus infections were registered, koronavirus.gov.hu said on Friday. So far 6,087,474 people have received a first jab, while 5,823,818 have been fully vaccinated. Altogether 2,269,551 Hungarians have received a booster jab.
The number of active infections stands at 172,488, while hospitals are treating 6,913 Covid-19 patients, 695 of whom need respiratory assistance. Since the first outbreak, 1,068,888 infections have been registered, while the number of fatalities has risen to 33,866. Fully 862,534 people have made a recovery.
Source: portfolio.hu, MTI