WHO says C.1.2. COVID-19 variant does not seem to spread

A man passing an illustration of a virus outside the Regional Science Center in Oldham, England, on August 3, 2020. (Phil Noble / Reuters)

Geneva — The new coronavirus variant first detected in South Africa in May does not appear to be widespread, the World Health Organization (WHO) said Tuesday, adding that it is monitoring the variant as the virus evolves. rice field.

“It doesn’t look like distribution is on the rise,” WHO spokesman Margaret Harris told a UN briefing, adding a variant labeled C.1.2. It is not currently classified as a “variant of concern” by the United Nations Health Organization.