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Health Ministry: 1% of 3,000 COVID samples found be South African variant

The Health Ministry says it has genetically sequenced 3,000 coronavirus samples from labs around the country since the end of January.

Twenty-seven of them, or nearly one percent, were found to be the South African variant. The ministry says there were certain areas where that rate was higher.

Experts fear the vaccines may prove less effective in combating the South African variant.

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