Spain notifies a first case of the Brazilian variant of covid-19



A health technician takes a mucosa sample from a woman to perform a rapid antigen test to detect the coronavirus, on February 3, 2021 in the city of León, northwest Spain


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A health technician takes a mucosa sample from a woman to perform a rapid antigen test to detect the coronavirus, on February 3, 2021 in the city of León, northwest Spain

A first case of the Brazilian variant of coronavirus was detected in the Spanish region of Madrid, regional authorities announced this Friday.

In Spain, where the regions are competent in public health matters and provide data on the progress of the pandemic, it is the first time that a region officially confirms the presence of the variant detected in Brazil.

At least two cases of the South African variant were recently reported.

The announcement comes after the Spanish government limited flights from South Africa and Brazil on Wednesday. Only Spanish and Andorran nationals or residents from those countries can enter Spain.

The first case of the South African variant is “a 44-year-old male, who entered Spain on January 29 through the Adolfo Suárez-Madrid Barajas Airport,” the Madrid regional government reported in a statement.

The man arrived in the country with a negative PCR, but an antigen test was performed, which was positive. He was transferred to a hospital and, upon obtaining the genomic sequence of the virus, it was found that it was of the variant detected in Brazil, the statement added.

The variants of the virus detected in the United Kingdom, South Africa and Brazil have been worrying the international community for several weeks, which fears that they are more contagious and doubts the effectiveness of vaccines against them.

The English variant is more widespread in the country, with about 450 cases. according to the Ministry of Health. But this variant could be the majority in Spain by March, warn the health authorities.

Spain, one of the countries hardest hit by the pandemic, has registered more than 61,000 deaths and almost 3 million infections.

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