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A newer, more infectious COVID strain discovered in Mexico

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Posted: Wednesday, January 13, 2021. 2:16 pm CST.

By BBN Staff: The new coronavirus variant which is said to be more contagious than COVID-19, has been detected in neighboring Mexico.

On Sunday, Mexico’s Ministry of Health announced that it had detected the new more infectious SARS-CoV-2 variant which was first discovered in found in the United Kingdom, officially known as B117.

Mexico’s health authorities said that the index patient was a 56-year-old man who arrived in Tamaulipas from Mexico City on December 29, 2020. It added that authorities immediately conducted contact tracing to test those who traveled with the patient.

Earlier this month, Jamaica also confirmed a case of B117, making it the first detected case in the Caribbean.

 

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