On May 20, local time, the Evandro Chagas Institute (IEC) under the Brazilian Ministry of Health issued an announcement confirming that the ...
On May 20, local time, the Evandro Chagas Institute (IEC) under the Brazilian Ministry of Health issued an announcement confirming that the first batch of B.1.617 mutated new coronaviruses discovered in India had appeared in the country. Cases of infection. The announcement stated that the first batch of confirmed cases was 6 people, all of whom were of Indian descent from a cargo ship currently anchored in the port of Maranhão in the northeastern part of the country.
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It is reported that the cargo ship found the first patient with symptoms of new coronary pneumonia last Saturday (15th), suspected to be carrying a related mutant virus found in India. On the same day, 24 crew members on board were quarantined in accordance with local government regulations. The personnel of Brazil's National Health Supervision Bureau began sampling and testing on all crew members. As of this Monday (17th), the number of confirmed cases of new coronary pneumonia has risen to 15 cases.
Subsequently, the Evandro Chagas Institute selected 6 samples from these 15 virus samples and performed genome sequencing, and finally determined that the virus strains in the relevant samples were from India that the World Health Organization previously announced. A variant of the new coronavirus. According to the research institute, this result shows that the first six cases of infection are all imported cases from abroad.
At present, the local government that found the relevant confirmed cases is taking necessary measures to avoid further spread of the virus. (Headquarters reporter Xie Haitian)