Approximately 40% of cases of the new coronavirus in Lima have been due to the P.1 Brazilian variant of this disease, according to a study carried out by the Peruvian National Institute of Health (INS).
This was indicated in a press conference by the Minister of Health, Óscar Ugarte . He added that the advance of this variant that has already passed through Loreto and Huánuco is being determined .
“This INS study is extremely important because it has made it possible to identify, through a sampling throughout Lima, that the main variant that causes COVID-19 today in a percentage of 40% is the Brazilian variant,” he said.
Genetic sequencing of positive COVID-19 cases in the past week in Barnstable County, Cape Cod, has resulted in the identification of 50 cases of the P.1 virus variant that originated in Brazil, according to the state Department of Public Health. That’s all but seven of the 57 cases of P.1 that have been detected statewide, the DPH said. The state’s first case, announced March 16, was a Barnstable County woman in her 30s.