By Sarah Keane • 23 January 2021 • 12:18
GERMANY records its first case of the Brazilian mutant Covid variant
Regional Health Officials in the German state of Hesse confirmed on Friday, January 22, the first case of the Brazilian mutation of Covid had been discovered in a passenger returning from a trip to Brazil. Hessian Social Affairs Minister Kai Klose reported that the man tested positive for the new coronavirus strain when he returned to Germany on Thursday, January 21.
Virologist Sandra Ciesek, one of the leading virologists from Germany, said that the patient from Brazil was currently asymptomatic. Mr Klose revealed that a sample from the man was undergoing DNA analysis, but that it appeared to be similar to the South African strain of Covid. The UK, South African and Brazilian variants of the virus are believed to be far more contagious than the original strain, but all the evidence available to date has shown that they are not more deadly.
On January 19, another new variant of Covid was discovered among 35 patients at a hospital in the Bavarian ski town of Garmisch-Partenkirchen, southeast Germany.
“At the moment we have discovered a small point mutation … and it is absolutely not clear whether it will be of clinical relevance,” the hospital’s deputy medical director Clemens Stockklausner said. “We have to wait for the complete sequencing.”
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Former teacher and health services manager with a Degree in English, Sarah moved to Spain from Southern Ireland with her husband, who runs his own car rental business, in 2019. She is now enjoying a completely different pace and quality of life on the Costa Blanca South, with wonderful Spanish and expat friends in Cabo Roig. Sarah began working with Euro Weekly News in 2020 and loves nothing more than bringing all the latest national and international news to her local community.
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