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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.

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Journal article


Wellcome Open Research


F1000 Research Ltd

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