Coronavirus: First Case Detected of Mutated Coronavirus in Sweden

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A nurse performs a rapid detection test in Lerum, Sweden, December 18, 2020.

EPIDEMIC: The mutated coronavirus variant was detected “on a person who has travelled from the UK,” the Swedish Public Health Agency said in a statement.

The first case of contamination with the new mutation variant of the coronavirus circulating in the United Kingdom has been detected in Sweden, health authorities announced on Saturday. The variant was detected “on a person who has travelled from the UK,” the Swedish Public Health Agency said in a statement. This is “a first isolated case” in the country.

“It was not unexpected. We know that this variant has existed in the UK since September and that it has also been reported in other countries in Europe as isolated cases, ”explained Karin Tegmark Wisell, one of the officials of the agency, cited in the press release.

Flights from the UK suspended

Sweden extended the suspension of flights from the United Kingdom on Wednesday and until December 31st after the appearance of this new strain considered by the British authorities to be more contagious.

Confirmed cases of the British mutated variant of the coronavirus were also reported this Saturday in Spain (four cases), after the announcement on Friday of people infected in France, Germany and Lebanon. In Denmark, a neighbouring country of Sweden, health authorities announced earlier this week that they had recorded a total of 33 cases of contamination by this same variant of the Covid-19 virus.

“The new figures indicate that there is now a societal infection in Denmark with the English variant. However, it is at a low level, ”said the Danish Institute for SSI diseases. The Danish authorities stress that they have better sequencing capacities than most other countries, and therefore a better chance of identifying cases.

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