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Ómicron: Brazil reports two possible cases of the new variant of the coronavirus

The Brazilian health regulator, Anvisa, announced on Tuesday the finding of two preliminary positive cases of the new variant of the omicron coronavirus in a man, who arrived in the country from South Africa, and his wife, infections that if confirmed would be the first in Latin America .

“The samples from two Brazilians who, preliminarily, present positive results for the omicron variant will be sent for confirmation of laboratory analysis”, reported Anvisa it’s 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, which this Tuesday reported the finding of the omicron variant in the tests.

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

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

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


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