The new strain combines genetic characteristics of Ômicron and Delta and has been monitored by the World Health Organization (WHO) since the beginning of the month, when the first cases were identified in France.
“Our genomic surveillance service has already identified two cases in Brazil. One in Amapá, the other in Pará,” the minister told journalists, upon arriving at the ministry.
Queiroga highlighted that, in a pandemic context, in which a virus spreads more easily among the population, replicating itself quickly, the chances of it mutating increase. According to him, this demonstrates the importance of the population being vaccinated.
“This variant [a Deltacron] is considered important and requires monitoring”, added Queiroga, ensuring that, even with the “slowdown” in the emergence of new cases of covid-19 across the country, health authorities must remain vigilant.
“Everything that happens in other countries, we observe. We monitor all cases, and this is the result of the strengthening of genomic surveillance capacity in Brazil – [fruto] of the strong investments that the federal government made after the pandemic”, added the minister.
According to the Ministry of Health, between Sunday afternoon (13) and late yesterday afternoon (14), 11,287 new cases of covid-19 were confirmed in the country, and 171 deaths from the disease.
On Saturdays, Sundays and Mondays, the numbers recorded tend to be lower than those on other days of the week due to the difficulty of the health secretariats of states and municipalities to pass on information. Even so, the overall results indicate an improvement in the situation.
With this scenario, several states and municipalities have already relaxed health control measures, such as the mandatory use of protective masks.
“The STF [Supremo Tribunal Federal] delegated to states and municipalities the prerogative of, in a complementary way to the Union, providing for the use of masks. It’s not about forcing people not to wear masks, but about releasing the use. And this depends on the epidemiological scenario [local]. You have to do this intelligently. For example, even as the number of cases is slowing, it is recommended that we continue to wear masks in hospitals. Immunocompromised people and individuals who have undergone a transplant as well”, concluded the minister.
Translated to english by RJ983
From Brazil, by EBC News