It did not say where in Portugal the strain was detected

Portugal identifies first case of Covid-19 variant found in SA

The first case of the SA coronavirus variant has been identified in Portugal.
The first case of the SA coronavirus variant has been identified in Portugal.
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The first case of the coronavirus variant first identified in SA was detected in Portugal on Friday, health institute Ricardo Jorge told Lusa news agency, as the country struggles to contain a crippling surge in cases partially blamed on the rapid spread of the variant found in Britain.

“We are undergoing due process to rapidly test and interrupt this potential chain of transmission,” the Ricardo Jorge Institute told Lusa. It did not say where in Portugal the strain was detected.

The country of 10 million people registered a record 234 coronavirus deaths and 13,987 deaths on Friday, and is currently reporting the highest seven-day rolling average of new cases and deaths per million worldwide according to ourworldindata.org. 

—Reuters

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