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First case of the South African strain of the coronavirus is detected in Spain

The Galician health service reported the detection of the first case in Vigo. File photograph.
The Galician health service reported the detection of the first case in Vigo. File photograph. / SUR
  • Health authorities said the variant was detected in a 30-year-old man who had travelled to South Africa on business

The South African strain of the coronavirus has reached the shores of Spain. This has been confirmed by the Galician health service (Sergas) in a statement in which they report the detection of a case in Vigo.

Galicia is the first autonomous region in Spain to have detected this variant of Covid-19.

Authorities say it was found in a 30-year-old man "linked to the naval industry" who had travelled to South Africa for business and presented symptoms upon his return to Vigo.

According to sources, the patient did not have any serious symptoms and did not require hospital admission at any time.

This strain was first reported by South Africa on 18 December. According to the latest report from the Ministry of Health on new variants of the virus, it has not been shown to be more virulent.