Saturday, July 31

Coronavirus: what is known about the new variant found in Brazil (and that reached Japan)

  • André Biernath
  • BBC Brazil, Sao Paulo


The research on the new variant was done with 31 samples of patients with covid-19 in the capital of Amazonas.

A new variant of the coronavirus was detected in the city of Manaus, the capital of the Brazilian state of Amazonas.

Scientists from 10 institutions, including Imperial College London and the University of Oxford, both in England, and the Institute of Tropical Medicine of the University of Sao Paulo, in Brazil, published an article describing the cases of this new variant, which it was called P.1.

During a pandemic, the virus is expected to mutate as it spreads from person to person.

Tracking these changes in the genetic code helps control worrying cases and eventually take action that blocks the chain of transmission.

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