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Brazilian variant of coronavirus detected in U.S. for first time

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The Brazilian variant of the coronavirus has been detected in Minnesota – making it the first known case of the P.1 variant to show up …
The Brazilian variant of the coronavirus has been detected in Minnesota – making it the first known case of the P.1 variant to show up in the United States. The case involves “a Minnesota resident with recent travel history to Brazil.” The CDC explains that the P.1 variant is a branch off the B.1.1.28 lineage that was first reported on January 6, 2021, by the National Institute of Infectious Diseases (NIID) in Japan in four travelers from Brazil, sampled during routine screening at Haneda airport outside Tokyo. It’s been the most commonly seen variant of the virus detected recently in a surge of cases seen in and around Manaus, the largest city in Brazil’s Amazon region, according to “This isn’t surprising. It’s a very difficult development, but at the same time not unexpected,” Michael T. Osterholm said in an interview. Osterholm is the director of the Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy at the University of Minnesota and an adviser to President Biden’s coronavirus response team, re[prts the In a related development, Germany’s Robert Koch Institute (RKI) for infectious diseases said the variant detected in Brazil is similar to the one from South Africa and that an “increased transmissibility is considered conceivable.

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