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The Ministry of Health is verifying if the new strain of COVID-19 has already arrived in Mexico


The secretariat analyzes 12 samples of COVID-19 positive patients who were in #Canada or #Europe to identify if they are related to the new strain of COVID-19 and thus determine if it has arrived in #Mexico (#Photo: #Shutterstock)

#It has not yet been confirmed that the new strain of the SARS-CoV-2 virus, which causes the disease of COVID-19, has arrived in #Mexico, however, The #Ministry of #Health (SSa) has begun to analyze 12 samples in its laboratories to identify it and determine if it is already in national territory.

#This was reported by the director general of the #National #Center for #Preventive #Programs and #Disease #Control (#Cenaprece), #Ruy López #Ridaura, during the afternoon conference this afternoon of #December 30.

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#He initially clarified that the new strain is not as such a mutation, but a variant of other mutations, which as far as is known is more contagious and therefore has a greater transmission capacity.

“It is not that it is a mutation, but this new variant is a combination of 23 mutations that have been identified and characterized very well, and that had this origin in the #United #Kingdom. #This is a variant that has been studied and a potential has been identified of being much more contagious and, therefore, of greater transmission capacity ”, he pointed out.

Ruy López Ridaura, CEO of Cenaprece (Screenshot)
#Ruy López #Ridaura, CEO of #Cenaprece (#Screenshot)

#Ridaura explained that “for a new variant, one thing is to identify the virus, this with PCR tests that detect a genomic sequence of RNA to identify that the virus is present (…) a sequence is searched and not all are searched mutations that can have all the genetic material of the virus, is only to identify presence or absence. “

#Noted that to identify all mutations, a sequencing has to be done, that is, to study the entire viral genome to identify where in the ribonucleic acid there are mutations that are different from others that have already circulated.

#Due to its complexity, notes that cannot be performed in just any laboratory and even less in the centers where the samples are taken, as it requires sophisticated work.

“In #Mexico we have an evaluation of more than 500 complete genomes and in none of them have this variant of the 23 mutations been found yet; they may be found, yes, and this is a bit of interest ”, he explained.

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Due to its complexity, the analyzes cannot be done in any laboratory (Photo: Shutterstock)
#Due to its complexity, the analyzes cannot be done in any laboratory (#Photo: #Shutterstock)

#Likewise, he noted that although the initial report was from the #United #Kingdom, there are also cases in #Denmark, #Portugal, #Scotland, #Italy, #Iceland, the #Netherlands, #Spain and others in #Asia such as #Japan, #India, #Israel, #South #Korea, #Hong #Kong, and in #America, in #Canada and #Chile.

#However, he refers that there are several genomes, but finding one, that means the variant is already in the community, and that the transmission is communal.

“#In other words, it is practically on all continents, a strain that is already circulating, and not all are changes that traveled or come from the #United #Kingdom, it means that there is already a community transmission of this strain,” he said.

#In this sense, he pointed out that #Mexico selected 12 samples that are from patients who have a history of having been in #Europe and #Canada to be sequenced and determine if they would be related to the new strain. #Although as explained, it is a complicated procedure, so the results may take time.

There are several genomes, but when you find one, that means that the variant is already in the community (Photo: REUTERS / Jose Luis Gonzalez)
There are several genomes, but when you find one, that means that the variant is already in the community (#Photo: REUTERS / #Jose #Luis #Gonzalez)
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#However, when it is known that the variant is circulating in the country, it will be the #Institute for #Epidemiological #Diagnosis and #Reference (#InDRE), the person in charge of providing the official information.

López #Ridaura recalled that it is important for the population to remember that #Although the vaccine against COVID-19 represents hope, its progression will be slow and health measures must continue to be followed of healthy distance.

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