Already in nine municipalities of the state of São Paulo, a variant of the coronavirus of unknown origin has been detected. Researchers have announced the threat of its rapid spread in Brazil.
This modification of SARS-CoV-2 was first discovered in February in the city of Mococa, and is now widely spread in the city of Porto Ferreira.
However, João Pessoa Araujo Junior, vice-president of the Brazilian Virology Society, said that it is not yet known whether this species is more infectious or dangerous than the usual virus.
Variant P4 is of unknown origin. It was first discovered in a sample from Mococa, a municipality in São Paulo, after which it was widely used in Porto Ferreira. It is not yet possible to determine whether it is more contagious or dangerous than a regular virus.
Sao Paulo University Statement
The new variant is also reported to have a common origin with Brazilian and Filipino strains.
Brazil ranks third in the world in terms of the number of people infected with coronavirus (16.1 million people), ahead of the United States (33.1 million) and India (27.1 million).