A first case of the Brazilian variant of COVID-19 has been detected in Canada, Toronto health officials said on Sunday.
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The person infected with the Brazilian variant was returning from a recent trip to Brazil. She is hospitalized in Toronto where the case was detected on Saturday.
This is therefore the first known case in the country of this mutation of the SARS-CoV-2 virus. This mutation is a source of concern for the country’s health authorities, because its contagion potential seems much higher.
The Brazilian variant was detected for the first time in November, more precisely in the city of Manaus, in the heart of the Amazon rainforest.
In fact, as of October, local experts estimated that 75% of the city’s population had already been infected, opening the door to a potential mass immunity effect. But faced with a significant increase in the number of hospitalizations in the city since January, some believe that this variant is not only more easily transmitted, but also more able to thwart the immune system of those who have already been infected.
Toronto Public Health also confirms that 27 people were carriers of different types of variants in the city as of Sunday.