Snapshot of African SARS-CoV-2 Diversity

This report focuses on the first SARS-CoV-2 388 genomes from Africa. These genomes were accessed from GISAID and analysed against a backdrop of reference sequences. By comparing our viral genomes against others, we can infer how and when SARS-CoV-2 was introduced into Africa and how it has spread within the continent.

Snapshot of African SARS-CoV-2 Diversity, NGS-SA and Nextstrain

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Briefly, in this report we cover:

- Phylogenetic clades

- Introduction of SARS-CoV-2 in Africa

- Phylogeographic reconstruction

- Signs of localised transmission in Africa

- Evolutionary rate of SARS-CoV-2

- Mutations on the genomes

- Scientific credits

Network for Genomic Surveillance in South Africa - NGS-SA

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News date: 2020-07-02


KRISP has been created by the coordinated effort of the University of KwaZulu-Natal (UKZN), the Technology Innovation Agency (TIA) and the South African Medical Research Countil (SAMRC).

Location: K-RITH Tower Building
Nelson R Mandela School of Medicine, UKZN
719 Umbilo Road, Durban, South Africa.
Director: Prof. Tulio de Oliveira