COVID-19: World Health Organization (WHO) monitoring new coronavirus variant named ‘Mu’

– said to be “variant of interest”

The World Health Organization has said it is monitoring a new coronavirus variant known as “Mu”, which was first identified in Colombia in January 2021. Mu, known scientifically as B.1.621, has been classified as a “variant of interest”, the global health body said Tuesday in its weekly pandemic bulletin. The WHO said the variant has mutations that indicate a risk of resistance to vaccines and stressed that further studies were needed to better understand it.

“The Mu variant has a constellation of mutations that indicate potential properties of immune escape,” the bulletin said.

There is widespread concern over the emergence of new virus mutations as infection rates are ticking up globally again, with the highly transmissible Delta variant taking hold – especially among the unvaccinated – and in regions where anti-virus measures have been relaxed.

All viruses, including SARS-CoV-2 that causes Covid-19, mutate over time and most mutations have little or no effect on the properties of the virus.
But certain mutations can impact the properties of a virus and influence how easily it spreads, the severity of the disease it causes, and its resistance to vaccines, drugs and other countermeasures.

The WHO currently identifies four Covid-19 variants of concern, including Alpha, which is present in 193 countries, and Delta, present in 170 countries.
Five variants, including Mu, are to be monitored.

After being detected in Colombia, Mu has since been reported in other South American countries and in Europe.
The WHO said its global prevalence has declined to below 0.1 percent among sequenced cases. In Colombia, however, it is at 39 percent. (AFP)

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  • guyaneseonline  On 09/03/2021 at 1:03 am

    Guyana records 8 COVID-19 deaths in just two days

    Sep 03, 2021 Kaieteur News

    Yesterday, the Ministry of Health announced that eight more persons, who tested positive for the novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) disease, have died. As a result of this, the country’s COVID-19 death toll has moved to 632.

    The country’s latest fatalities are that of four men, a 76-year-old from Region Three (Essequibo Islands-West Demerara), a 57-year-old from Region Seven (Cuyuni-Mazaruni), an 85-year-old from Region Four (Demerara-Mahaica) and an 85-year-old from Region Two (Pomeroon-Supernaam), and that of four women, a 49-year-old from Region Three, a 58-year-old and a 53-year-old both from Region Four and a 91-year-old from Region Seven.

    Further, the Ministry via its daily COVID-19 dashboard recorded 181 new COVID-19 infections, bringing the total number of confirmed cases in the country to 25,951. Out of the confirmed cases, 13,414 are women and 12,537 are men.
    Presently, there are 33 persons admitted into the COVID-19 Intensive Care Unit (ICU), 116 in institutional isolation, 1,832 in home isolation and six in institutional quarantine. To date, a total of 23,338 persons who tested positive for the virus have recovered.

  • Cheryl Smith  On 09/03/2021 at 5:18 am

    Good grief! 😯🙁 Did Mu come from China?
    When will these diseases disappear? 🙁
    God, we need your help. Have Mercy on us! 🙏🏾

  • Chris Prashad  On 09/04/2021 at 10:51 am

    For your information the WHO (world horror organization 😋). no longer has any say in matters related to health issues. Their charters have been revoked and the Global Health and Wellness Consortium (GHWC) has replaced them. A new global health system will be coming on stream soon and every country will benefit from this. All health issues will be covered and no copayment will be required.
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