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NICD announces successful genome sequencing to find out how COVID-19 spreads

7 April 2020 7:56 AM
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Genome
genome sequencing
Coronavirus
Covid 19
University of the Western Cape South African Bioinformatics Institute's Peter Van Heusden explains what this discovery means.

The total number of confirmed COVID-19 cases is 1,686, according to the Department of Health. This is an increase of 31 from the previously reported cases

The department also reported that there was one COVID-19 related death.

Scientists from around the world are working around the clock to try and contain the spread of the novel coronavirus.

RELATED: Number of COVID-19 positive cases rises to 1,686, one death confirmed

A team of scientists at the National Institute for Communicable Diseases (NICD) and the South African Bioinformatics Institute have announced the successful genome sequencing of the first local sample of SARS-Cov2, the virus which causes COVID-19.

This breakthrough, finds the genetic footprint of the virus which causes COVID-19, will help scientists to understand how the virus moves from one person to another, and how the spread of the disease can be contained.

Bongani Bingwa chats to University of the Western Cape South African Bioinformatics Institute researcher Peter van Heusden to give more insight on what this discovery actually means.

We got a thing called the genome of COVID-19, this is how the virus knows how to make new copies of itself. This genome allowed us to see the particular form of virus that a South African patient was infected with.

Peter van Heusden, Researcher - University of the Western Cape South African Bioinformatics Institute

Listen below to the full conversation:


7 April 2020 7:56 AM
Tags:
Genome
genome sequencing
Coronavirus
Covid 19

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