Detection of a SARS-CoV-2 Beta-like variant in coastal Kenya after more than a year of disappearance
Lambisia AW., U. Nyiro J., M. Morobe J., Makori TN., Mburu MW., Ndwiga L., Moraa EO., Musyoki J., Murunga N., Bejon P., Ochola-Oyier LI., Nokes DJ., Agoti CN., Githinji G.
Continuous genomic surveillance is necessary and important to inform emergence of new severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) variants and resurgence of previous circulating variants. In this study, we provide genomic characterisation of a Beta variant sequence identified through out genomic surveillance platform more than a year since the last reported case of Beta. This variant contained additional mutations associated with immune escape that have been observed in other newer variants such as Delta and Omicron implying ongoing convergent evolution of this variant in the community or in an immunocompromised patient.