Brazil confirms first cases of Covid-19 caused by Indian variant B.1.617

Alerts about the possible arrival of the Indian variant in Brazil began on May 15th when a 54-year-old man of Indian nationality was admitted to a hospital in São Luis with symptoms of Covid-19.

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - Brazil confirmed today, May 20, the first cases of Covid-19 in the country with the Indian variant strain. It was detected in several crew members of a ship coming from South Africa, which was isolated since last weekend in the port of São Luis, capital of the northeastern state of Maranhão.

According to the first results of the tests carried out, the Indian variant, scientifically known as B.1.617 and qualified by the World Health Organization (WHO) as a "global concern", was identified in six of the 24 crew members of the . . .

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