January 15, 2022

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Is Egypt witnessing a mutation of the Corona virus?

A state of controversy in the past hours, after Thailand announced that the detected strain of the Corona virus and called the “Thai mutant” was originally an “Egyptian mutant”. Because the first infection with it was coming from Egypt.

Britain’s launch of new cases of the Corona virus in its mutated version, the name “Thai Mutant”, angered Bangkok, who objected to the label, claiming that investigations revealed that the first infection with it was a person coming from Egypt.

British health officials had confirmed that 109 cases of the “Thai mutant” (C.36.3) had been found in the United Kingdom, but it was not clear whether the strain was contagious or more dangerous than the one present.

The World Health Organization commented on these allegations made by Thailand, where Dr. Abdel Nasser Abu Bakr, Head of the Infection Risk Management Program at the WHO Regional Office, confirmed that the World Health Organization is aware of this information and is working with the Egyptian government to verify it further.

Abu Bakr added that “there is not enough information, but we are working with the Egyptian Ministry of Health and exchanging information between Egypt, the United Kingdom and Thailand to verify this information.”

He pointed out that the Egyptian Ministry of Health is conducting genetic sequence analyzes on many samples of positive cases to confirm the presence of this “new mutant” or not, and there is no comment on the restrictions placed by the United Kingdom on arrivals from Egypt, and the extent to which this is related to this new mutant.

In this context, Masrawy contacted Dr. Magdy Badran, a member of the Egyptian Society for Allergy and Immunology, to clarify the fact that there is a mutant strain of Corona in Egypt.

Badran said in exclusive statements: “This is unscientific, has no laboratory evidence, and no new mutation occurred in Egypt, the same strain of the third wave of corona.”

What is the evidence?
Badran adds: “The evidence that there is no Egyptian mutant of the Corona virus is that the rate of new cases in Egypt has been declining since May 15, and the response to treatment is excellent without any change, and the recovery rate from corona is rising, and the death rate from it is decreasing, and the analyzes of Genetic sequencing on many samples of positive cases in Egypt did not detect a new mutation.

Badran explains: “No country or the World Health Organization has confirmed this slander. It falls under non-scientific fiction, as there is no mutated Egyptian strain of corona. It seems that the Egyptian success in repelling the third wave of corona will puzzle some observers, especially in the affected areas and affected by the flood of Covid – 19”.

And earlier, Dr. Mohamed El-Nadi, a member of the scientific committee to combat the Corona virus in Egypt, said that Thailand’s allegations are “incorrect sent words, and they have no basis.”

He added, in television statements, that if any mutation in the Corona virus was detected, it would have been announced, noting that the strain spread in Egypt is the same since the beginning of the third wave, and it has not witnessed any mutations.

He explained that definitively monitoring mutations of the Corona virus, such as spread in India, Brazil and other countries, will be difficult, but the characteristics of the virus are still the same and respond to treatment protocols, especially since it is through which the virus is judged.