Medical scientists in France have discovered a new COVID-19 variant, IHU, with 46 mutations, while nations battle with the highly infectious Omicron. The scientists stated that not less than 12 persons living in southeastern France have been infected with the new variant.
It was gathered that the first case has been traced to a person with a travel history to Cameroun. However, health experts explained that though a new, IHU may not necessarily be as infectious and dangerous as other variants like Omicron. The scientists identified “46 mutations” that are yet to be spotted in other parts of the world nor labelled a variant under investigation by the World Health Organisation (WHO).
Reports state that the strain was discovered by researchers based at the IHU Mediterranee Infection, hence the name.