New variant is of concern to researchers in Portugal

As we know, SARS-COV-2 has undergone several mutations and there are some more contagious and dangerous variants. According to the National Health Institute Dr. Ricardo Jorge (INSA), in Portugal eight genetic variants have already been detected in the national sample.

There is, however, a recent one that is worrying researchers! The L452R mutation.


Variant represents 6.8% of all cases of COVID-19 in Portugal…

Portuguese researchers have been very attentive to the SARS-COV-2 mutations that circulate in our country. In addition to strains from South Africa and the United Kingdom, researchers are now concerned about a new strain that has been detected in Portugal. This variant may be of concern in the context of the evolution of the pandemic in Portugal.

According to the information, this variant has similarities to another variant initially identified in California.

According to researcher João Paulo Gomes…

It is a mutation that is not only in the binding domain of our cells, potentially promoting greater transmission, but is also associated – experimental data points to this – to the failure of our antibodies to bind

COVID-19: New variant is of concern to researchers in Portugal

This strain was detected in November in only three cases, from three municipalities, which corresponded to 0.7% prevalence. It currently represents 6.8% of all cases of COVID-19 in Portugal, spread over 32 counties.

On the other hand, the prevalence of the United Kingdom variant is very high. There were weeks when the British variant was growing at a rate of 90% per week (I try the Government changed the strategy).

Three weeks ago it went to 50% to 60% and the growth rate now, at national level, is around 19% ”, said the expert.

The first cases of the British variant arrived in Portugal, according to the researchers’ estimates, during the month of December.


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