New COVID-19 variant discovered in France

Coronavirus

PARIS — A new COVID-19 variant has been discovered in France that researchers have named IHU.

Health officials said they found 12 people infected with this mutation living across southern France. The cases are being linked to travel to Cameroon.

Scientists have said the variant has 46 mutations compared to the first identified COVID-19 virus identified at the start of the pandemic.

The World Health Organization has not labeled the new strain as a variant under investigation or variant of concern.

It’s unknown if the variant is more contagious or dangerous than previous strains.

The variant has not been found in any other country. 

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