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Peruvian scientists are working on the SARS-CoV-2 genome sequencing of samples sent from the Loreto department.
Peru's Regional Health Director Carlos Calampa reported the identification of suspected cases of the COVID-19 strain originated in Manaos (Brazil). The new strain is independent of those recorded in the United Kingdom and South Africa.
Calampa pointed out that there were no doubts in terms of clinical diagnose due to the accelerated increase in COVID-19 cases with similar characteristics to those reported in Manaus.
However, he highlighted that scientific confirmation was pending as the National Institute of Health (INS) was working on the sequencing of the virus genome of ten samples sent from the Loreto department.
On Jan. 12, Brazil's Oswaldo Cruz Foundation (Fiocruz) deputy director Felipe Naveca confirmed the Amazon strain which presented twelve mutations of the SARS-CoV-2, including the same found in the U.K. and South Africa's variants.