The continuous evolution of SARS-CoV-2 in South Africa: a new lineage with rapid accumulation of mutations of concern and global detection

@inproceedings{Scheepers2021TheCE,
  title={The continuous evolution of SARS-CoV-2 in South Africa: a new lineage with rapid accumulation of mutations of concern and global detection},
  author={C. Scheepers and John Everatt and Daniel Gyamfi Amoako and Anele Mnguni and Arshad Ismail and Boitshoko Mahlangu and Constantinos Kurt Wibmer and Eduan Wilkinson and H. Tegally and James Emmanuel San and Jennifer Giandhari and Nontuthuko Rosemary Ntuli and Sureshnee Pillay and Thabo Mohale and Yeshnee Naidoo and Zamantungwa T H Khumalo and Zinhle Makatini and Network for Genomic Surveillance South Africa and Alex Sigal and Carolyn Williamson and Florette K Treurnicht and K. Mlisana and Marietjie Venter and Nei-yuan Hsiao and Nicole L. Wolter and Nokukhanya Msomi and Richard J. Lessells and Tongai Gibson Maponga and Wolfgang Preiser and P. L. Moore and Anne von Gottberg and Tulio de Oliveira and Jinal N. Bhiman},
  booktitle={medRxiv},
  year={2021}
}
SARS-CoV-2 variants of interest have been associated with increased transmissibility, neutralization resistance and disease severity. Ongoing SARS-CoV-2 genomic surveillance world-wide has improved our ability to rapidly identify such variants. Here we report the identification of a potential variant of interest assigned to the PANGO lineage C.1.2. This lineage was first identified in May 2021 and evolved from C.1, one of the lineages that dominated the first wave of SARS-CoV-2 infections in… 
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