New variant of covid-19 in Portugal

By TPN/Lusa, in News · 04-01-2021 17:26:00 · 3 Comments

The confirmed presence in Portugal of the new strain of coronavirus that causes covid-19 is recent and, although it is more contagious, it should not involve new measures and restrictions, defended a researcher at the Ricardo Jorge Institute.

"Most of the cases that we are identifying now are cases in the month of December", said João Paulo Gomes, also coordinator of the study on genetic diversity of the new coronavirus SARS-CoV-2 in Portugal.

The new strain, known as the UK strain, "is already in Portugal". "We don't know how long ago, because most of the cases that we are identifying now are cases from the month of December. But, about six weeks ago, in collaboration with the Instituto Gulbenkian Ciência, we did a kind of screening", explained the researcher, admitting, however, that there may already be transmission chains associated with this new variant.

As the National Institute of Health Doctor Ricardo Jorge said, 16 cases of the new coronavirus variant recently detected in the United Kingdom have been identified in mainland Portugal.

These cases join 18 others in Madeira, according to information advanced on December 28 by the president of the Regional Government, Miguel Albuquerque.

However, the screening carried out in the middle of last November, "with an excellent geographical representation", shows that "circulation started recently in Portugal", he guaranteed.

The new, more contagious variant was signaled in the context of the update of the “Study of the genetic diversity of the new SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus (covid-19) in Portugal", developed and coordinated by the Ricardo Jorge Institute, in collaboration with the Gulbenkian Institute of Science.

The fact that it is more contagious does not lead João Paulo Gomes to defend more restrictions or containment measures.

“I think that there are no additional measures to be taken. There is, above all, a need to comply with existing measures”, he defended, referring that “this variant cannot overcome masks more easily than the other variants".

Therefore, he considered, "if people maintain social distance and comply with the rules, wearing a mask when they are in the presence of other people, they are relatively safeguarded".

The problem, underlined the researcher, is that “when we are not protected - for example in a restaurant or when we are with the family at home or when we are with some friends and we lower the bar a bit”.

"At this point, this variant will certainly have a greater capacity to transmit", he warned.

“I think that the vaccine is certainly not in danger with the appearance of this or other variants”, considered the scientist, explaining that “the immune response created by a vaccine is very complex and very complete. However, it’s "always a cause for concern".

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Interesting how this "new strain" arrived just in time for the beginning of the vaccine program. That timing is fortuitous, since the vaccine threatened to make the population less receptive to continued lockdowns. But a new "more contagious" strain of the virus (a "story" which has been "reported" just about every month since March of 2020) will likely provoke just enough additional fear among the populace (see comment above), and provide just enough support for continued lockdowns.

By Johnny from Other on 05-01-2021 02:36

It's amazing to notice that the new virus is appering primarily in countries controled or in alignement with the globalist elites.

By Armando Magalhaes from USA on 05-01-2021 03:36

The new waves and the mutations will keep arriving unless people stop travelling unnecessarily. The current EU travel bans and restrictions have been imposed because the new variant of Covid-19 current spreading uncontrollably in the UK. And still people attempt to cross borders for non-essential travel and then they create a big fuss when refused entry. If you are resident in the EU, stay there. If you are resident in the UK, stay there. Going back and forth just puts everyone everywhere at risk.

By Annie from Algarve on 04-01-2021 10:54
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