T&T has detected a case of the Brazilian variant (P.1 variant) of COVID-19.
According to the Health Ministry, the detection was made in a local sample sent to UWI for genetic sequencing.
The sample was taken from a COVID-19 positive patient in the Nariva/Mayaro County and was sent, via CARPHA to the UWI Laboratory.
It says contact tracing to restrict the spread of the virus has already begun.
The P.1 variant was first detected in travellers to Japan from the city of Manaus, Brazil and sequenced in early January.
According to a BBC report dated April 6th, “Preliminary data suggested it could be up to twice as infectious as the original strain, while more recent research puts that figure even higher, at 2.5 times as transmissible.”