The first cases were identified in the state of Rio de Janeiro, one of the most affected by the coronavirus pandemic in Brazil.
Scientists from the state of Rio de Janeiro ,Brazil, this week identified a new strain of the coronavirus that causes Covid-19 disease. Details on the characteristics of the variant have not yet been released, but since October it has been known to exist.
A team from the National Laboratory for Scientific Computing (LNCC), which is related to the Ministry of Science and Technology of Brazil, and the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro (UFRJ) discovered a variant of the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus that is ” partially restricted “to the city of Rio de Janeiro , reported EFE.
So far, five “unique mutations” have been identified from the 180 SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus genomes that were analyzed. These variants can cause different Covid-19 pictures and be more or less contagious.
As in the United Kingdom, in Brazil they also assured that the coronavirus vaccine would serve any strain, which is an incentive for the vaccination of the thousands of inhabitants of Rio de Janeiro, the second state most affected by the pandemic.
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