Updated on 01/25/2021 07:19 pm
The Minnesota Department of Health reported Monday the first case in U.S from a person infected with the highly contagious Brazilian variant of coronavirus (COVID-19).
In a statement, the health authorities detailed that the infected person is a Minnesota resident. “With a recent history of travel to Brazil”, and that the sample was collected on January 9.
“The person became ill during the first week (…) and reported having traveled to Brazil before becoming ill”said the Minnesota Department of Health in its statement.
The Brazilian variant of the coronavirus It is one of the three that has attracted attention on the planet along with the British and the South African.
This variant has its origin in Manaus, the Amazon capital of Brazil, and is considered highly contagious, as it has genetic alterations similar to those found in the United Kingdom and South Africa.
Italy also announced its first case of the Brazilian variant on Monday, while Germany did so last Friday.
The Moderna pharmaceutical company reported on Monday that its vaccine, one of those already circulating in several countries, protects against the British and South African variants, although it does not yet have data on the Brazilian one.
The United States has a travel ban from Brazil due to the pandemic, although US nationals or permanent residents are exempt.
Former US President Donald Trump ordered before leaving power to lift that ban, but the new president, Joe Biden, reimposed the restrictions on both the South American country and the European nations of the Schengen zone, the United Kingdom, Brazil; and has added South Africa.
“The president has decided to maintain the restrictions that were previously for the European Schengen area, the United Kingdom, the Republic of Ireland and Brazil”announced White House spokeswoman Jen Psaki.