RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - Uruguay confirmed on Monday, March 22nd, that it had detected the presence of two coronavirus variants that originated in neighbouring Brazil as the tiny South American nation faces a spike in cases and deaths.
Scientists examined 175 COVID-19 samples taken from around the country and found the Brazilian P1 strain in 24 of them and the P2 variant in four.
Gregorio Iraola, a scientist with Uruguay’s Inter-Institutional Working Group (GTI) conducting genome sequencing of COVID-19 cases, said the P2 variant was now being transmitted within the wider community rather than brought in . . .