Indian variant has arrived in Portugal

The so-called Indian variant of SARS-CoV-2 which has brought health services in India to their knees has made it to Portugal. So far six cases have been detected in the Lisbon/ Vale do Tejo area. João Paulo Gomes of the national health institute Dr Ricardo Jorge told the Infarmed meeting this morning that the British variant is still the most prevalent, accounting for 89% of cases on national territory. The British variant remains the one with the highest transmissibility in the world, he added. The Brazil variant meantime is spreading but on a much-reduced scale: 73 cases have been identified, 44 of which were flagged in the last two weeks. Another variant that has given cause for concern is that of South Africa which currently has 64 known cases in Portugal.



Há ainda seis casos da variante com origem na Índia identificados na última semana na região de Lisboa e Vale do Tejo, adianta João Paulo Gomes.