The latest survey by the Ministry of Health pointed to more than 100 cases throughout Brazil, 83 of them in the state
O Rio de Janeiro may face a boom in delta variant gives Covid-19 in the next weeks. According to sources from Young pan, given the high transmissibility of this strain and the number of officially registered cases, the expectation is that Rio will have a very significant growth in the number of records of the Indian variant in the city and state. The latest survey of the Ministry of Health pointed to more than 100 cases throughout Brazil, with the absolute majority in Rio de Janeiro: 83 cases in 12 municipalities, especially in the capital. There are records of the delta variant also in greater Rio, the metropolitan region and in interior cities.
According to data from the World Health Organization, the delta variant is already present in more than 100 countries. In theory, it would be a less lethal and more transmissible variant. The infectious disease specialist Charbell Kury believes that Rio de Janeiro is leading the national ranking of cases of the variant due to the characteristics linked to the presence of foreigners and many tourists. “The presence of the massive oil industry in the Rio de Janeiro region, where there is a large movement of people who come from India’s platforms and land in the region. And the characteristic feature of the delta variant that is due to its high transferability.” UFRJ researcher Christina Barros points out that, throughout the pandemic, Brazil tested the population very little and also did little genetic mapping of the virus.
Given this fact and the greater transmissibility of the strain, it is more difficult to adopt public policies that can block or minimize circulation. “Not surprisingly, in the few samples we have, the delta variant is identified. In fact, it indicates that perhaps she is on a much higher frequency. We have no control. It is not because of a lack of technical capacity, but because of a lack of investment in a coordinated testing program by the Ministry of Health.” The infectologist Edimilson Migowski is concerned because early information shows that the delta is infecting people who had already taken the Covid-19 vaccine. “People who got worse with this strain, most were vaccinated. This causes concern, because the existing vaccine does not seem to protect that much from the delta strain and, among those vaccinated, it is the most serious condition.” The State of Rio de Janeiro has more than one million people infected in this pandemic and already has nearly 58,000 dead.
*With information from reporter Rodrigo Viga