Colombia confirms presence of coronavirus variants from the United Kingdom and Brazil – Prime Time Zone


The announcement coincides with the fact that Covid-19 cases have tripled in the past week, exceeding 16,000 daily infections

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A Colombia confirmed on Saturday, 17, the presence of variants British and Brazilian new coronavirus. “After the bioinformatics analyzes carried out, six genomes were found corresponding to the variant of UK and five genomes to the P1 variant of Brazil“, Said in a note from the Health Secretariat of Bogota, which carries out genomic surveillance with the University of the Andes. The statement mentions that “each person from whom these variants have been isolated” is following epidemiological protocols and none have died. However, the announcement coincides with the fact that cases and deaths in the country have tripled in the last week, exceeding 16,000 daily infections. Colombia had not registered this number for more than two months, when the second peak of the AIDS pandemic Covid-19 put hospital networks on the edge.