The first case of a coronavirus variant, which recently appeared in Brazil, has been confirmed in the United States, health officials in the state of Minnesota said on Monday.
The Minnesota Department of Health said in a statement that “the Public Health Laboratory found the variant of the SARS-CoV-2 virus, known as the Brazil P.1 variant, in a sample from a Minnesota resident with a recent history of travel to Brazil “.
The patient, who is based in the Twin Cities metropolitan area of Minneapolis and Saint Paul, tested positive for Covid-19 in early January and should be isolated. Further laboratory information revealed that the case is the Brazil variant.
This case, as well as the discovery of three cases of the UK variant of coronavirus in Minnesota in the past few weeks, underscores “why it is so important to limit travel as much as possible during a pandemic,” state epidemiologist Ruth Lynfield said in the statement.
President Joe Biden on Monday imposed a travel ban on most non-US citizens in the UK, Brazil, Ireland and much of Europe.
Biden also extended the ban to travelers who were recently in South Africa, warning that new, more transmissible variants of the coronavirus are already emerging in the US.
The new president last week tightened the rules for wearing masks and ordered quarantine for people flying to the US to cope with the country’s worsening coronavirus crisis.
According to data from Johns Hopkins University, more than 25 million Covid-19 cases have been recorded in the US since the pandemic began.
The milestone was reached just five days after the US, the world‘s richest and hardest-hit nation, recorded 400,000 deaths from the disease.
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