About 4,000 cases of reinfection with Covid-19 have been found in South Africa, said Barry Schoub, chairman of the country’s Ministerial Advisory Committee on Vaccines.
“This is probably largely due to the variant” of the virus that was first identified in the country, he said in a webinar on Wednesday.
The mutation, known to scientists as B.1.351, was identified in the country last year and has become the dominant strain in the country.
With more than 1.5 million known coronavirus infections and nearly 50,000 deaths, South Africa has been the worst affected country on the continent.
On Thursday, the South African government will release the results of a study on the transmissibility of the variant, whether it can cause reinfection and whether it causes more …