Butantan confirms three new coronavirus variants in São Paulo state

The institute says it is still too early to say that these variants are more transmissible or more aggressive than the Brazilian P1 and P2 variants.

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - Three new variants of the novel coronavirus have been confirmed in the state of São Paulo by diagnostic tests performed by the Butantan Institute. The new strains were found in the coastal Baixada Santista and in the cities of Itapecerica da Serra and Jardinópolis.

In Itapecerica da Serra, the presence of the B.1.318 variant was confirmed, found in Switzerland and the UK. In Baixada Santista, the B.1.351 South African variant was found, previously identified in the city of Sorocaba. And in Jardinópolis, the N9 was detected, a mutation of . . .

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