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Brazilian strain detected for the first time in Austria

Brazilian strain detected for the first time in Austria

The Austrian epidemiologists have reported on detecting the Brazilian mutation of coronavirus for the first time, Austria’s Kurier newspaper has learned on Monday.

The Brazilian variant of the covid-19 is considered to be more infectious and possibly more lethal than known variants, has been detected in Salzburg, Austria. That P2 variant is not the better known P1 variant, the experts clarified.

Genome sequencing carried out by Austria’s AGES medical agency confirmed that the case from late February was in fact one of the Brazilian mutations.

The health authorities are however confident that the strain has been contained and is not spreading throughout the community. Additionally, the experts have also stressed that it is a different variant to that which has caused problems throughout Latin American country.

In other words, this is NOT the Brazilian variant that is currently killed in Manaus. It is simply a mutation that also comes from that country and is therefore causing a stir.

However, to avoid the problems, the Austrian health authorities urged people to be responsible and to keep the health protocol, including social distance and face mas wearing.

“In addition, it has not yet been sufficiently clarified how effective the various vaccines are in relation to these mutations,” Hans Georg Mustafa from the Salzburg laboratory medilab said.