Madrid authorities on Friday confirmed the primary case within the area of the Brazilian variant of coronavirus, which is feared to be notably infectious, within the area.
A 44-year-old man who arrived at Madrid’s airport on January 29 examined constructive for the coronavirus and subsequent lab tests confirmed he had caught the brand new pressure, the regional authorities of Madrid stated in a press release.
The case is the primary report in Spain of the variant, blamed for a disastrous surge in infections within the Brazilian city of Manaus.
The announcement got here three days after Spain restricted arrivals by air from Brazil and South Africa to curb the unfold of recent strains.
Madrid has for the reason that finish of December additionally restricted arrivals from Britain due to the invention of a brand new virus pressure there final year.
Well being authorities are involved that new strains of the virus could unfold extra simply or may comprise mutations which permit the virus to evade the consequences of vaccines.
At the very least two circumstances of the South African variant have to this point been detected in Spain and round 450 circumstances of the British variant.
Spain has been hard-hit by the pandemic, recording over 61,000 deaths from almost three million circumstances to this point.
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