The director of the Institute for Public Health in Chile (ISP), Heriberto García, has ruled out the possibility of a “Chilean variant” of SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19, according to the report by the Israeli Ministry of Health first case of this mutation had been discovered within its confines.
“We checked the GISAID database – a global initiative for the exchange of data on influenza viruses – in which the variants are named after the country of origin and in this case no so-called Chilean variant appears,” said García in statements at 24 hours, collected by the newspaper ‘La Tercera’.
According to García, it could have happened that “a check was carried out in Israel of a traveler who has traveled through Chile and has a different variant than those already discovered in the country, and that neither the worrying nor the interesting variants are what they are approximate ten, more or less, all over the world “. “We rule out the existence of a Chilean variant in the world at this point in time,” he repeated.
So far, the Chilean health authorities in the Latin American country have screened more than 1.2 million people infected with COVID-19, including more than 26,000 deaths from the disease.