A new variant of coronavirus is discovered in Brazil | Digital Trends Spanish
Scientists from Brazil have identified a new strain of the SARS-CoV-2 virus, which would be circulating in the state of Sao Paulo.
According to Joao Pessoa Araujo Júnior, vice president of the Brazilian Society of Virology (SBV), this variant was detected for the first time in a sample taken in the municipality of Mococa.
According to the specialist, at the moment the origin of the new strain of coronavirus is unknown and it is not possible to know if it is more contagious or lethal compared to the common virus.
The strain was christened P.4 by the SBV, which noted in a statement that this variant has the L452R mutation in the spike protein, which is also found in the Indian variant (B.1.617).
In addition to Mococa, cases of the P.4 strain have been detected in other municipalities such as Cesário Lange, Porto Ferreira, Santa Cruz das Palmeiras, Tambaú, Itirapina, Río Claro, Araras, Sumaré, Caconde, Iperó, Capão Bonito, São Miguel Arcanjo , Itapetininga and Descalvado, all located in Sao Paulo.
The researchers also suspect that this new variant could be related to the P.1 lineage, first detected in the city of Manaus.
According to Araujo Júnior, P.4 seems to be related to strain B.1.1.28, a “lineage that gave rise to P.1, P.2, which was identified in Rio de Janeiro, and P. 3, identified in the Philippines ”.
It should be remembered that Brazil has been one of the countries most affected by the coronavirus pandemic, since it adds more than 450,000 people died due to the disease.