Ómicron: Brazil reports two cases of the covid-19 variant, the first in Latin America

Brazil’s sanitary regulator, Anvisa, announced on Tuesday the discovery of two preliminary positive cases of the new variant of coronavirus omicron in a man, who came to the country from South Africa, and his wife, infections that if confirmed would be the first in Latin America.

“Samples from two Brazilians who, preliminarily, present positive results for the omicron variant ”, Anvisa reported in a statement.

The passenger arrived at Guarulhos International Airport, in Sao Paulo, on November 23, with a negative PCR test. And two days later, he and his wife attended the airport laboratory to undergo a test with the aim of returning to the African country. They both tested positive for the coronavirus.

Given the results, the samples were analyzed by the Albert Einstein laboratory, that this Tuesday reported the finding of the omicron variant in the tests.

Now, Anvisa detailed, the Adolfo Lutz Institute (IAL) must confirm the result.

Brazil closed its air borders from this Monday to six countries in Africa (South Africa, Botswana, Eswatini, Lesotho, Namibia and Zimbabwe) to prevent the spread of the new coronavirus variant.

Over the weekend, Anvisa recommended that the government ban the entry of foreigners from Angola, Malawi, Mozambique and Zambia.


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