Unlike the Delta variant, there is not much known about the C.1.2 lineage currently.
However, reports suggest that the variant, since its origin in May, 2021, has been detected across the majority of the provinces in South Africa and in seven other countries spanning Africa, Europe, Asia and Oceania.
Dr Maria Van Kerkhove, technical head of the World Health Organization (WHO), has said, “The WHO has regularly been discussing with South African researchers their work on sequencing throughout the COVID-19 pandemic. We are grateful for researchers in South Africa who first presented their findings on variant C.1.2 to the WHO Virus Evolution Working Group in July ’21.”
As of now, there are 100 sequences of C.1.2 reported globally, which does not seem like “increasing in circulation”, according to WHO.
Health officials claim that the Delta variant is still the most dominant strain.