Argentina Reports First Cases of Indian and South African COVID-19 Variants

Argentina’s Health Ministry confirmed on Monday that the country has its first case of COVID-19 variants discovered in India and South Africa.

It came from the three travelers returning to the South American country from Europe.

The health ministry said in a statement that the Indian variant of the was detected in two minors who returned from Paris, while the South African variant was found in a 58-year-old passenger returning from Spain.

The three passengers arrived at Buenos Aires international airport on April 24 and were quarantined in a hotel.

Health Ministry’s head of Epidemiology and Strategic Information Analia Rearte said that they have identified “priority” variants in almost 50 percent of positive cases.

“Since we began surveillance of genomic sequencing in travelers, we have identified ‘priority’ variants in almost 50 percent of positive cases,” Rearte said.

The country has registered a total of 3,147,740 cases since the pandemic began and 67,325 deaths.

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