Mutant COVID-19 Detected in Portugal’s Madeira Island

The new variant of coronavirus has been detected on the Portugese island of Madeira.

The new variant of coronavirus has been detected on the Portugese island of Madeira. 

The more contagious variant is assumed to be the cause of the rapid rise in infections.

According to the regional civil protection author, the new variant was found in travelers who have arrived in Madeira from the United Kingdom, however, they were not able to specify how many people were infected or when the cases were found.

Portugal, with just over 10 million people, had reported 6,619 deaths and a total of 394,573 infections, up by 1,577 cases from Saturday. 

After a relatively mild first wave, the cases has increased suddenly in the second wave.

Early analysis of the new variant has showed that it does not make people more ill and that symptoms were not more severe but it is assumed to be more contagious than other currently circulating variants.

In response to the new variant and like other European Union nations, Portugal has announced last week that it was closing borders to travelers from the United Kingdom, except to those who has already registered as residents and the Portuguese citizens that are currently residing in the United Kingdom.


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