In total, about 400 thousand cases of the disease have been registered in Portugal
A new variant of the coronavirus, associated with a rapid increase in the incidence in the UK, was discovered on the Portuguese island of Madeira. This is the first time a more contagious variant of the virus has appeared in the country after its detection..
A statement from the Regional Civilian Protection Authority released on Sunday said the new variant was “found in travelers arriving in Madeira from the United Kingdom.”. The statement does not specify the number of infected and when these cases were identified.
“Detection is only possible thanks to the work done by the screening center at Madeira International Airport, which allows tracking, detecting positive cases and sending those infected to isolation,” the statement said..
Portugal, home to just over 10 million people, has 394,573 cases of coronavirus infection and 6,619 deaths. After a relatively mild first wave, the incidence rose sharply in the second, although recently it has subsided somewhat.
A preliminary analysis of the new variant showed that it does not complicate the course of the disease and does not accompany more severe symptoms, but is considered more infectious than other variants currently circulating..
In connection with the emergence of a new version, Portugal, following other EU countries, announced the closure of its borders to travelers from the UK, except for those already registered as residents, as well as Portuguese citizens residing in the UK.
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