Although Omicron proved to be a fast-spreading but generally non-lethal variation of Covid19, a more lethal version of the virus - ‘NeoCov’ has recently been found in South Africa. NeoCov has a high death rate as well as a high transmission rate, according to scientists from China's Wuhan lab.
The NeoCov virus is linked to the MERS-CoV virus, which was detected in middle-eastern nations in 2012-15, according to a report by Russian news agency Sputnik.
Scientists in China determined that the NeoCov version of coronavirus detected in bats in South Africa is a relative of MERS fever, which has symptoms and effects similar to SARS CoV-2, according to the Russian news agency TASS. According to the study, Chinese researchers discovered that the NeoCov virus has a high death rate, with 'one out of every three infected individuals' dying.
"Data on the 'NeoCoV' coronavirus gathered by Chinese researchers is known to the Vector research centre." The issue at the time isn't the introduction of a new coronavirus capable of actively spreading among humans, according to a statement from Russia's State Virology and Biotechnology Research Center.
It's worth noting that the Covid19 Omicron variation was discovered initially in Africa. While Omicron was previously regarded as a cause for concern, researchers have discovered that, despite its rapid spread, it has not resulted in an increase in hospitalizations and has a low mortality rate. Increased vaccination, according to the World Health Organization (WHO), has resulted in lower Omicron death and hospitalisation rates.