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China has discovered a new variant of COVID-19.


China has added more than 13,000 new Covid-19 infections. State media reports that 12,000 people were asymptomatic (Saturday).

The new variant was found in a case from a city about 70 km from Shanghai.

  • evolves from the BA.1.1 branch of the omicron variant, reported Global Times
  • the subtype does not match other coronaviruses that cause Covid in China or those submitted to GISAID (this is where scientists around the world share the coronavirus they have sequenced, used as a method of monitoring mutations) .

The Bloomberg report (can be closed) adds:

  • A case in northern China’s Dalian city reported on Friday also did not match a coronavirus found in the country, the municipal government said on its WeChat account.


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