B.1.351 2021-02-28



Description

A lineage first identified in South Africa and defined by new variant of concern 501Y.V2 - A more detailed description of the lineage is here and a preprint describing the variant is here.

This webpage is generated using publically available sequence data from GISAID, shared by international sequencing efforts.

Table 1 | Summary of B.1.351 data

Statistic Information
Countries reported 48
Countries with sequences 40
Sequence count 2293
Countries South Africa 1038, Mayotte 296, United Kingdom 185, Belgium 175, France 111, Netherlands 87, Switzerland 61, Botswana 46, Mozambique 41, Turkey 34, Zambia 31, United States of America 22, Australia 20, New Zealand 19, Israel 16, Austria 14, Germany 13, Denmark 10, Ireland 10, Norway 7, Spain 7, Kenya 6, Finland 6, Sweden 5, United Arab Emirates 5, Ghana 4, South Korea 4, Italy 3, Thailand 3, Canada 2, Portugal 2, Luxembourg 2, Singapore 1, Japan 1, Rwanda 1, Costa Rica 1, Democratic Republic of the Congo 1, Slovenia 1, Panama 1, Bangladesh 1
First detected South Africa
Earliest sample date 2020-10-08
Defining SNPs aa:E:P71L
aa:N:T205I
aa:orf1a:K1655N
aa:S:D80A
aa:S:D215G
aa:S:K417N
aa:S:A701V
aa:S:N501Y
aa:S:E484K

Figure 1 | Cumulative sequence count over time B.1.351

Bars show the number of new sequences on GISAID over time, binned by epi-week. The line shows the cumulative number of sequences over time.


Figure 2 | Date of earliest_B.1.351 detected

Schematic map showing the date of the first sequence sample date in each country containing the lineage. Darker countries have earlier first sample dates.


Figure 3 | Map of B.1.351 sequence counts

Map showing the logged number of sequences of the variant in each country. Countries with more sequences are shown in darker colours.


Figure 4 | Sequence count per country B.1.351

The number of sequences of the lineage recorded in each country. The height of the bar is the logged number and the numbers above the bar are the raw counts.


Figure 5 | Frequency B.1.351 in sequences produced since first new variant reported per country

The overall frequency of the lineage, defined as the number of sequences assigned the lineage divided by the total number of sequences from that country in the time since the variant was first sequenced in that country.


Figure 6 | B.1.351 count per continent

Seven day rolling average of sequence counts per continent. Please note that recent declines may be due to delay in reporting rather than reflecting a change in the underlying virus population.


Figure 7 | Rolling average B.1.351 frequency per continent

Seven day rolling average of frequency of sequences of the lineage of interest. Frequency is calculated by dividing the number of sequences of the lineage of interest by the total sequences for each continent for each day.


Figure 8 | Map of B.1.351 local transmission

Colours indicate reports of imported cases (pink) or of local transmission (darker purple). Data is obtained from news reports and similar sources and is manually maintained.


Figure 9 | Air traffic by destination B.1.351

The number of ticketed origin-to-destination journeys from South African airports to destinations outside of South Africa during October 2020.

Colours indicate numbers of published genomes of B.1.351 deposited on GISAID. Grey bars indicate countries that have reported the presence of the variant but have not yet published B.1.351 sequences on GISAID. White bars indicate countries with no reports of B.1.351.

Flight data come from the International Air Transportation Association that capture anonymized, passenger-level flight itinerary data, comprising both commercial flights and scheduled charter flights. These data account for ~90% of global air travel volumes, with the remaining volumes modelled using market intelligence. We report data from destinations including >5,000 passengers.

Note that flight data reflects final-destination on a booked journey, we cannot account for instances where two separate tickets were purchased.



Table 2 | Reported B.1.351 imports.

Country count: 48

Country Earliest report Date local transmission Local transmission Method of surveillance Source
South Africa 2020-10-08 2020-10-08 1 community_sequencing https://www.medrxiv.org/content/10.1101/2020.12.21.20248640v1
United Kingdom 2020-12-12 2020-12-20 1 community_sequencing https://travelhealthpro.org.uk/news/561/covid-19-variant-south-africa-two-cases-reported-in-the-united-kingdom
Switzerland 2020-12-14 0 https://www.swissinfo.ch/eng/south-african-covid-variant-reported-in-southern-switzerland/46257338
Finland 2020-12-19 0 travellers https://news.sky.com/story/covid-19-finland-reports-cases-of-new-variants-first-identified-in-uk-and-south-africa-12173983
Zambia 2020-12-30 2020-12-30 1 https://twitter.com/danieljbridges/status/1344227535870164992
Botswana 2020-12-17 2021-01-04 1 community_sequencing https://www.sabcnews.com/sabcnews/botswana-government-adjusts-national-lockdown-regulations/
France 2020-12-31 0 travellers https://www.france24.com/en/france/20201231-france-detects-first-case-of-south-african-strain-of-covid-19
Japan 2020-12-19 0 travellers https://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2020/12/29/national/japan-south-africa-variant/
Australia 2020-12-22 0 travellers https://news.sky.com/story/australia-reports-its-first-case-of-south-africa-coronavirus-variant-12174611
Sweden 2021-01-03 0 travellers http://outbreaknewstoday.com/sweden-reports-1st-south-african-covid-19-virus-variant-49394/
Austria 2021-01-04 2021-01-08 1 community_sequencing https://www.sn.at/panorama/wissen/live-corona-mutationen-sind-in-oesterreich-angekommen-97891537; https://www.derstandard.at/story/2000123550006/suedafrika-mutation-bei-mindestens-fuenf-faellen-im-zillertal-nachgewiesen
Norway 2020-12-31 0 travellers https://www.vg.no/nyheter/innenriks/i/rgzer8/mer-smittsom-virusmutasjon-fra-soer-afrika-paavist-i-norge
China 2020-12-08 0 travellers https://news.cgtn.com/news/2021-01-06/Guangdong-detects-first-COVID-19-case-of-variant-found-in-S-Africa-WPW5sbHcju/index.html
Ireland 2021-01-08 2021-01-26 1 community_sequencing https://www.gov.ie/en/press-release/463de-statement-from-the-national-public-health-emergency-team-tuesday-26-january/; https://www.reuters.com/article/health-coronavirus-ireland/south-african-covid-19-variant-present-in-ireland-health-chief-idINS8N2II031
Canada 2021-01-08 2021-02-01 1 community_sequencing https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/toronto/ontario-covid-omnibus-february-1-1.5895875; https://www.sylvanlakenews.com/news/south-african-covid-19-found-in-alberta-as-provinces-tighten-restrictions/
Taiwan 2020-12-24 0 travellers https://www.reuters.com/article/healthcoronavirus-taiwan/taiwan-confirms-first-case-of-safrican-covid-19-variant-idUSL1N2JO0K9
Germany 2020-12-21 2021-01-26 1 community_sequencing https://www.stadt-koeln.de/politik-und-verwaltung/presse/fluechtlingsunterkunft-herkulesstrasse; https://www.dw.com/en/south-african-covid-variant-found-in-germany/a-56205752
Belgium 2021-01-13 2021-01-13 1 https://www.standaard.be/cnt/dmf20210114_94148148
South Korea 2020-12-26 0 travellers https://www.donga.com/news/Society/article/all/20210102/104736108/1
Netherlands 2020-12-22 2021-01-26 1 community_sequencing https://www.ad.nl/dossier-coronavirus-in-de-drechtsteden/eerste-uitbraak-zuid-afrikaanse-coronavariant-in-nederland-fysiopraktijk-gorinchem-dicht~a0c8248b/?utm_source=twitter&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=socialsharing_web&referrer=https%3A%2F%2Ft.co%2F; https://www.rivm.nl/en/news/south-african-coronavirus-variant-found-in-netherlands
Israel 2021-01-10 2021-01-27 1 community_sequencing https://twitter.com/Nadav_Eyal/status/1354374717193519105?s=20; https://www.ynetnews.com/health_science/article/rkwq3XuCP
New Zealand 2021-01-10 0 travellers https://www.stuff.co.nz/national/health/coronavirus/300201729/covid19-health-officials-confirm-31-new-cases-of-coronavirus-first-case-of-south-african-variant-found
Ghana 2021-01-18 0 travellers https://twitter.com/gordon_awandare/status/1351235484085846019
Kenya 2020-12-15 0 travellers GISAID
United Arab Emirates 2020-12-26 0 travellers https://www.reuters.com/article/us-health-coronavirus-emirates/uae-reports-limited-number-of-cases-of-new-coronavirus-variant-idUKKBN2931RJ?edition-redirect=uk
Tanzania 2021-01-19 2021-01-19 1 community_sequencing https://files.ssi.dk/covid19/status-b117/status-b117-24012021-2lys
Mozambique 2020-11-01 2020-11-01 1 community_sequencing http://www.xinhuanet.com/english/2021-01/28/c_139702375.htm
Gambia 2021-01-14 2021-01-14 1 community_sequencing https://www.afro.who.int/regional-director/speeches-messages/opening-statement-covid-19-press-conference-14-january-2021
Mayotte 2021-01-07 2021-01-07 1 community_sequencing GISAID
Panama 2021-01-23 0 travellers https://www.reuters.com/article/us-health-coronavirus-panama-idUSKBN29R2R1
United States of America 2021-01-27 2021-01-27 1 community_sequencing https://www.live5news.com/2021/01/28/health-department-nations-first-cases-south-african-covid-variant-found-sc/
Turkey 2021-02-03 0 community_sequencing https://www.aa.com.tr/en/health/turkey-2-s-africa-1-brazil-variant-detected/2133077
Malawi 2021-02-08 2021-02-08 1 community_sequencing https://www.voanews.com/covid-19-pandemic/malawi-sticks-astrazeneca-despite-concerns-over-efficacy
Thailand 2021-02-09 community_sequencing https://www.who.int/publications/m/item/weekly-epidemiological-update---09-january-2021
Denmark 2021-01-04 0 community_sequencing https://www.reuters.com/article/health-coronavirus-denmark-idUSC7N2DT01O
Spain 2020-12-24 2020-12-24 1 community_sequencing https://english.elpais.com/spanish_news/2021-02-04/coronavirus-variant-detected-in-south-africa-is-already-circulating-in-spain.html
Luxembourg 2021-01-16 2021-01-16 0 community_sequencing https://lns.lu/departement/microbiologie/revilux/
Portugal 2021-01-06 2021-01-06 1 community_sequencing https://www.portugalresident.com/south-african-variant-already-circulating-in-portugal/
Democratic Republic Of The Congo 2021-01-22 community_sequencing GISAID
Bangladesh 2021-01-24 2021-01-24 1 community_sequencing https://www.dhakatribune.com/health/coronavirus/2021/02/01/experts-south-african-coronavirus-variant-detected-in-bangladesh
India 2021-01-31 0 travellers https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/south-africa-brazil-mutated-covid-strains-have-reached-india/articleshow/81014842.cms
Malta 2021-02-16 0 travellers https://timesofmalta.com/articles/view/malta-records-first-case-of-south-africa-covid-19-variant.851942
Greece 2021-02-17 2021-02-17 1 community_sequencing https://www.capital.gr/epikairotita/3526406/eodu-oi-arithmoi-gia-ta-krousmata-tis-bretanikis-kai-tis-notioafrikanikis-metallaxis
Vietnam 2021-02-16 community_sequencing https://www.who.int/publications/m/item/weekly-epidemiological-update---16-february-2021
Singapore 2021-02-07 community_sequencing https://www.who.int/publications/m/item/weekly-epidemiological-update---16-february-2021
Poland 2021-02-19 0 travellers https://www.reuters.com/article/us-health-coronavirus-poland/poland-entering-third-wave-of-covid-19-health-ministry-says-idUSKBN2AJ15Y
Slovenia 2021-02-26 0 travellers http://www.xinhuanet.com/english/europe/2021-02/27/c_139770452.htm
Czech Republic 2021-02-25 1 community_sequencing https://news.trust.org/item/20210225133818-xxafw/

Table 3 | Raw data for figures.

Country Earliest sequence Number of variant sequences Total sequences since first variant sequence
United Kingdom 2020-12-10 185 115939
Belgium 2020-12-20 175 3895
Italy 2021-01-30 3 1291
Norway 2020-12-27 7 399
Spain 2020-12-24 7 2486
Kenya 2020-12-15 6 88
Denmark 2021-01-04 10 17253
Singapore 2021-02-07 1 50
Thailand 2021-02-03 3 48
France 2020-12-22 111 3072
Switzerland 2020-12-14 61 8655
Canada 2020-12-25 2 729
Botswana 2020-12-17 46 56
United States Of America 2021-01-01 22 44914
New Zealand 2020-12-29 19 102
Ghana 2021-01-06 4 95
Turkey 2021-01-22 34 455
Portugal 2021-01-04 2 631
South Africa 2020-10-08 1038 1592
Germany 2020-12-21 13 991
Mayotte 2021-01-07 296 519
Australia 2020-12-10 20 510
Finland 2020-12-19 6 563
Mozambique 2020-12-14 41 83
Ireland 2020-12-22 10 1634
Japan 2021-01-29 1 27
Rwanda 2021-01-04 1 23
Costa Rica 2021-02-10 1 1
Democratic Republic Of The Congo 2021-01-22 1 3
Zambia 2020-12-01 31 33
Slovenia 2021-02-23 1 1
Netherlands 2020-12-22 87 4807
South Korea 2020-12-26 4 266
Sweden 2020-12-24 5 963
Austria 2021-01-15 14 127
Panama 2021-01-11 1 1
United Arab Emirates 2020-12-26 5 64
Luxembourg 2021-01-16 2 48
Israel 2020-12-31 16 833
Bangladesh 2021-01-24 1 13

Data source and processing

The data on this page is recent as of 2021-02-28, 18:43 GMT. All SARS-CoV-2 sequences were downloaded from GISAID and genomes were de-duplicated based on GISAID sequence name – note that the publically available metadata may not fully allow us to de-duplicate by patient. Full data processing pipeline found here. The sequences were then assigned lineages with pangolin 2.3.3, pangoLEARN version 2021-02-21.

Pangolin assigns B.1.351 to sequences with at least 5 of the 9 defining B.1.351 SNPs – defined here.

Caveat: Most locations outside the original focus have not reported sustained transmission and many cases have known travel links to the focal location. Increasing numbers of international cases is currently likely due to increased surveillance and vigilance.

Acknowledgements

Created by: Áine O'Toole and Verity Hill, Rambaut Group, University of Edinburgh. Flight volume data from Kamran Khan, Isaac Bogoch, Alexander Watts, Oliver Pybus, Moritz Kraemer. Sequences sourced from GISAID, full acknowledgements table here.

We have a pre-print up on virological here describing this web tracker.