South Korean doctors recorded the first case in that country of the new strain of coronavirus detected for the first time in Brazil, declared this Monday the Agency for Disease Control and Prevention.
« So far, only 18 cases of virus with mutations have been identified (15 cases with the UK strain, two with the South African and one with the Brazilian), » the statement said.
The text indicates that as of this Monday, the control of virus mutations will be reinforced in all those who enter the country.
« Everyone arriving from abroad will be required to provide the result of a PCR test taken within 24 hours of arrival, » the note says.
If an infected person is detected from countries where mutated strains have been detected, genetic analyzes will be carried out.
South Korea also extended the ban on passenger flights from the United Kingdom, which has been in effect since December 23.
Preliminary studies showed that the new strains found in the UK and South Africa are more contagious, but there is no evidence yet that they worsen virus symptoms in sufferers.
With regard to the Brazilian strain, the South Korean agency report indicates that there is still no evidence that it is more pathogenic.
The new strain of coronavirus It was identified in December in the Brazilian state of Rio de Janeiro. According to virologists, it was a mutation of the B.1.1.28 variety, already common in Brazil.
On December 19, UK health authorities confirmed the presence in southern British territory of a new strain of SARS-CoV-2 that is spreading faster and, according to initial estimates, could be 70 percent more contagious, although there is no evidence that this mutation affects the severity of symptoms, the fatality rate, the response of antibodies or the effectiveness of vaccines.
At the same time, in the Republic of South Africa, another strain of the coronavirus.
Many countries have already announced the suspension of flights from the United Kingdom and South Africa to prevent the spread of these new strains of the virus.
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