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Brazil reports two cases of Omicron variant, first in Latin America

11/30/2021 | 03:39pm EST

RIO DE JANEIRO, Nov 30 (Reuters) - Brazil's health regulator Anvisa said on Tuesday that laboratory analysis had found two Brazilian cases of the Omicron COVID-19 variant, the first reported cases in Latin America.

Anvisa said a traveler arriving in Sao Paulo from South Africa and his wife had both apparently contracted the variant.

The traveler landed at Guarulhos international airport on Nov. 23 with a negative test for COVID-19. But before a planned return trip, the couple tested positive and the samples were sent for further analysis, which identified the Omicron variant.

The samples will be sent for a second confirmatory analysis, the regulator said. (Reporting by Pedro Fonseca Writing by Stephen Eisenhammer Editing by Brad Haynes)


ę Reuters 2021
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