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‘I couldn’t believe my own eyes’, scientist who discovered Omicron variant reveals scary moment

In an interview to the news agency Reuters, she said that she was surprised to see the new variant. Viana said that when she was first doing genome sequencing of eight samples of the corona virus on November 19, she was very surprised to see the speed of the virus mutating.

Viana has Reuters “I couldn’t believe my eyes. I was asking myself if I had made a mistake in the process. My heart was pounding, because I felt that if I could find myself If it turns out to be true, the samples I had in front of me were going to have a big impact.”

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He immediately called his partner and gene sequencer Daniel Amoacco at the National Institute of Communicable Diseases (NICD) in Johannesburg. “I couldn’t figure out how to tell them what I found,” Viana said. “I told Amoacco that I think it’s a new variant,” he said.

It is worth noting that this new variant found in South Africa has once again created panic all over the world. With many countries limiting or restricting travel to and from that region, including South Africa, the new variant can spread rapidly even among fully vaccinated populations. Other restrictions have also been imposed due to this fear.

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Amoacco and the NICD team spent the weekend of November 20-21 testing eight samples sent to Vienna. All these samples had identical mutations. At one point, Amoacco and his co-workers also felt that they were making a mistake, but then they noticed that there has been an increase in COVID-19 cases over the past week. It points to new mutants.

“This was followed by testing of 32 other samples from around Johannesburg and Pretoria, until Tuesday, 23 November,” Amoacco said, “it was clear, it was scary”. Informed WHO.

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