Portugal registers first 7 cases of the Brazilian coronavirus variant – Prime Time Zone

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They were the first cases of the new strain to be registered in the country; ten days ago, a Portuguese laboratory had identified two suspected cases

EFE / EPA / ANDRE KOSTERS / ArchiveThe country is going through a “third” wave of the coronavirus pandemic

Portugal registered, this Sunday, 21, seven cases of infection by the Brazilian variant in the coronavirus. They were the first cases of the new strain to be registered in the country, according to the National Institute of Health Dr. Ricardo Jorge (INSA). “The cases were reported by INSA to the health authorities, who have already taken the necessary steps to quickly trace contacts and adopt all measures considered necessary to interrupt potential transmission chains,” the agency said in a statement.

Ten days ago, a Portuguese laboratory had identified two suspected cases of the Brazilian variant and forwarded them to INSA for analysis. In Portugal, the South African and, to a large extent, the British variant had already been detected, which is identified as one of the causes of the third wave of contagion, which placed the country as one of the most affected by the Covid-19 earlier this year. Since the beginning of the pandemic, there were 15,962 deaths in Portuguese territory, in addition to 797,525 confirmed cases.

* With information from EFE