Peru Confirms First Case of COVID-19 Variant Strain

At a press conference, Health Minister Pilar Mazzetti said the case involved a Peruvian woman who lives and works in Lima, and has no travel history.

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - Peru's Ministry of Health on Friday confirmed the country's first case of the coronavirus variant first identified in the United Kingdom.

At a press conference, Health Minister Pilar Mazzetti said the case involved a Peruvian woman who lives and works in Lima, and has no travel history.

Officials do not have "much information about how the mutation was acquired," but the patient said she attended a family gathering in the days leading up to Christmas, said Mazzetti.

"The family members who were at the reunion were already identified yesterday (Thursday), and so far we . . .

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