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A #Chilean woman was in #London and returned to #Chile on #December 22 with the new variant of SARS-CoV-2 circulating in #Great #Britain. #This made the authorities decree a 10-day quarantine for all those who come from abroad. #This was reported to the local press by the #Chilean #Undersecretary of #Health, #Paula #Daza.

The official explained that the woman is isolated, in good general condition and asymptomatic until the end of this edition. “#While we know so far that it is not a variant more aggressive, we do have information so far that it is a variant that is more contagious”, #He added.

#Daza specified that the woman in question was in #Great #Britain and arrived in #Chile on an #Iberia airline flight from #Madrid on #December 22. The next day he boarded a local airline and traveled to #Temuco, 700 kilometers south of #Santiago.

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The #Government of #Chile ordered, as a transitory measure, that from #December 31, all #Chileans and foreigners who enter the country must quarantine for 10 days.

LEE: COVID-19 | #Six answers about the new virus variant

#Due to the confirmed presence of the new variant of SARS-CoV-2 in the region, we answer three of the most common questions #With regard to this situation that may change the approach we have to the pandemic, just before the end of the year.

1. #What is known about the new variant of SARS-CoV-2?

#Preliminary data available from ongoing studies indicate that it is “#Between 50% and 74%” more contagious, according to the #London #School of #Hygiene and #Tropical #Medicine. #However, the study carried out has not yet been confirmed by any scientific journal. #This variant was detected for the first time in #September, in the #United #Kingdom. #It has 22 mutations in the COVID-19 genome. #One of these affects the spike protein of the coronavirus, with which the virus latches onto human cells to penetrate them, facilitating infection.

2. #How can we know if the new variant is present in #Peru?

“The only thing we can do is sequence the entire genome of the virus. #That is what we try to do from the #Universidad #Peruana #Cayetano #Heredia [UPCH], from the #National #Institute of #Health [INS] and other institutions ”, explained to #El #Comercio #Pablo #Tsukayama, researcher and coordinator of the #Microbial #Genomics #Laboratory of the UPCH. #In dialogue with RPP, César #Cabezas, director of the INS, pointed out that 284 virus mutations have already been sequenced through the genomic surveillance network that was established to analyze the molecular tests of citizens entering from abroad. #Tsukayama insisted that he does more funding is needed to continue doing this monitoring. “There is the possibility that the virus changes in response to the vaccine, that variants that are problematic are generated and it is necessary to be vigilant,” he stressed. #This newspaper tried to find out what strategy the #Ministry of #Health has for this situation, but representatives of the ministry indicated that “when they have the official information they will share it.”

3. #In which countries has the new variant been detected?

#Until now has been reported in more than 20 countries. #Switzerland has documented five cases of the UK variant and two of the #South #African mutation. #Denmark has identified 33 infections and #France has registered the case of a patient who returned from #London. #India found six cases with the #English variant and #Japan detected one case of the #South #African variant and more than a dozen of the #British variant. #South #Korea detected three cases of the UK variant, #Norway has two cases as do #Australia and #Jordan. #Germany registered a case, but they suspect that the #English variant has been present since #November. #Italy detected a patient with the UK variant, as did #Singapore, #Sweden, #Lebanon, and #Portugal; in #Finland there are two cases as in #Canada and #Hong #Kong. #In #Ireland the presence of the #British variant was confirmed, as well as in #Pakistan and the #United #Arab #Emirates a “limited number” of cases of infected people were discovered. #Israel detected four cases.

THE AMOUNT

  • 1 case of the #British variant was detected in #Colorado, USA #He is a young man in his 20s, who has no travel history.

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