France identifies new variant of coronavirus ‘IHU’ with more mutations than Omicron

A group of scientists and doctors from the University Hospital Institute of Marseille, in France, reported the discovery of a new variant of the coronavirus called IHU. The new strain has a total of 46 mutations, more than Ómicron in South Africa.

The new variant, whose name responds to the initials of the Marseille hospital center, has 37 genetic deletions. After a preliminary study, the researchers determined that the new strain yielded a series of mutations with a different combination than other variants.

Along these lines, the researchers revealed that one of the mutations found in IHU increases the possibility of a increased transmission of coronavirus.

Where was the IHU variant first detected?

The first signs of the new variant date back to last September in the Republic of the Congo. However, patient zero returned to France from a trip to Cameroon, the study indicates.

“These data are another example of the unpredictability of the appearance of SARS-CoV-2 variants and its introduction into a specific geographic area abroad ”, emphasize the scientists. It remains to be seen if this IHU variant is declared of interest.