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Spain warns of a 'probable reinfection' with the Brazilian variant of the coronavirus

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  • The Ministry of Health has reported that the detection of the British variant in Spain continues to be "highly variable" among the regions, since in some it represents 4 per cent and in others 64 per cent of the cases

Spain's Ministry of Health has reported a "probable reinfection" case with the Brazilian variant of the coronavirus.

So far two isolated cases (both linked to Brazil) and three outbreaks with this variant have been detected, although for now the department has not said in which region they have occurred.

The first of the outbreaks includes two positive cases (one of which was confirmed by sequencing), and the second includes eleven cases (three of them sequenced), although in none of them a link with Brazil could be found. However, it is in this case where the possible case of reinfection has been detected. The third of the outbreaks is related to a trip to Brazil and there are two affected cases.

Taking into account the three variants that circulate in Spain (Brazilian, British and South African), the Ministry of Health confirmed cases have been detected by sequencing in all autonomous regions.

The department has reported that the detection of the British variant in Spain continues to be "highly variable" among the regions, since in some it represents 4 per cent and in others 64 per cent. However, the department, headed by Carolina Darias, recognises the "rapid increase" in its spread in recent weeks.

In relation to the South African variant, 50 cases have already been detected (one sporadic case and six outbreaks, five of them with no known link with the most affected countries) and the ministry report says there is the possibility that it "escapes" the immune response acquired after natural infection or injection with some vaccines.