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Mexico analyzes COVID samples to detect new variant


The director general of the #National #Center for #Preventive #Programs and #Disease #Control (#Cenaprece), #Ruy López #Ridaura, indicated this #Wednesday that in #Mexico the new variant of COVID-19, detected in the #United #Kingdom, has not yet been found.

“#We have more than 500 complete genomes and in none of them this variant of the 23 mutations has been found, it may be that it is found, yes, but we still have not detected it,” he said at the press conference in the evening.

The official clarified that several samples are already being analyzed in the laboratory to identify it, but accepted that a more detailed study is necessary to decode its genetic composition.

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#He explained that the search for 12 samples of positive patients for COVID-19 is carried out in the #National #Institute of #Respiratory #Diseases (INDRE) and state laboratories, with a history of travel to #Europe and #Canada, in order to identify the new variant.

#Read: #First case of the most contagious new strain of COVID-19 detected in the #United #States

#On #December 29, the #Undersecretary for #Prevention and #Health #Promotion, #Hugo López-Gatell, reported that the new variant of COVID-19 detected in the #United #Kingdom since #September, may already be in #Mexico.

The variant “could be in #Mexico for a long time, and not that it has just arrived,” the official said at a press conference.

López-Gatell clarified that no filters will be applied at the airport, nor will other measures be taken to contain the arrival of the new strain.

“It is not a useful technical objective to wait for the virus at a port of arrival. The probability that the virus is introduced and thus detectable with travelers is not feasible, it is not a useful mechanism to inhibit the arrival of a virus, “he said.

#So far there is no evidence that the new variant of the COVID-19 disease poses a greater threat than the one currently facing the country, he said.

#We recommend: #AstraZeneca confirms that its vaccine works against the new strain of COVID-19





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##Mexico #analyzes #COVID #samples #detect #variant

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