Experts say they have no evidence that this mutation is a greater threat. However, it shows that Covid-19 is prevalent in the region.
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A group of researchers discovered a new variant of the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus responsible for the coronavirus in the state of Rio de Janeiro. one of the areas hardest hit by the pandemic in Brazil, scientific sources announced this Tuesday.
According to an investigation by Scientific Computing Laboratory (LNCC), attached to Ministry of Science and Technology and made in collaboration with Federal University of Rio de Janeiro (UFRJ), The new strain was first identified in the city last October Rio de Janeiro.
The study it does not indicate whether the new strain is more contagious or aggressive, only its findings are revealed. At the moment there was no evidence that the tribes from which it originated SARS-CoV-2 in the world reduce the effectiveness of the vaccines that are distributed and used, emphasize the specialists.
I agree with you Researchers, for now, the new tribe is “partially confined to the city,” which has most of the cases and deaths due to it Covid19. However, They warned of possible spread throughout the state and subsequently to other regions of the country.
“The significant increase in the frequency of this line raises concerns about public health management and the need for genomic surveillance during the second wave of infections,” said the scientists in the study, which was carried out under the coordination of researcher Ana Tereza Vasconcelos.
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How was the new variant discovered?
By genetic sequencing of the Lineage B.1.1.28 The variety, which has been around in Brazil since the beginning of the year, is expected to have grown in July. Among the results of the experts have been analyzed 180 SARS-CoV-2 genomes and five unique emerging mutations have been found that have spread rapidly.
It should be noted that in the whole country, where about 210 million people live, the Covid-19 has left more than 187,000 deaths and 7.2 million infections. In recent dates Brazil has seen a new outbreak of the disease that has forced several regions and municipalities to step up preventive measures in order to avoid a greater number of infections.
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