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The first case of the Brazilian variant of the coronavirus has been found in Lithuania, the country's National Public Health Surveillance Laboratory has reported on Tuesday.
COVID-19 reanimacijos skyrius Brazilijos ligoninėje
COVID-19 reanimacijos skyrius Brazilijos ligoninėje
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Genomic epidemiologist Gytis Duda says this variant is considered one of the three virus variants of concern as it posed a higher risk of re-infection or after vaccination.

Based on the initial data available to the National Public Health Center, the infected person travelled abroad, therefore, it is likely that the Brazilian variant is currently not spreading in Lithuania.

469 cases of the British variant and also 15 cases of the B.1.620 variant that was first found in Lithuania's Anyksciai have been recorded.

So far, 4,000 cases of the UK variant, 14 cases of the South African strain and 76 cases of the B.1.620 variant have been confirmed in a total of 7,525 Lithuanian samples genome-sequenced as part of the project coordinated by the NPHSL.

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