New strain of the UK virus detected in Madeira

“Following the genetic analysis requested by the Regional Health Directorate to the National Institute of Health Doctor Ricardo Jorge for a sample of some positive cases detected in the RAM, the presence of the new strain of the United Kingdom virus in Madeira was confirmed”, he has just informed the Regional Secretariat for Health and Civil Protection in a note sent to the press.

The new strain of SARS – CoV-2 was detected in travelers who arrived in Madeira from the United Kingdom.

“This identification was only possible thanks to the work carried out by the Screening Center at Madeira International Airport, which allows the tracking, identification and referral for isolation of positive cases, when detected,” explains the same note.

The secretariat says that the regional strategy for detecting and controlling the covid-19 pandemic “remains”, based on “surveillance of passengers and compliance with guidelines issued by health authorities, thus reducing the risk of contagion by the new coronavirus in the Region”.

Regional authorities once again reinforce the importance of complying with Health guidelines in this festive season. “It is important to celebrate the Christmas party at home, but in a safe way”, they stress.

From Diário Notícias

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