Brazil Coronavirus Variant Detected in the US for the First Time

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  • The first confirmed case of the COVID-19 Brazil P.1 variant in the US has been reported in Minnesota
  • The Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) says the variant was detected in a Twin Cities resident who had recently returned from Brazil
  • Officials say the variant spreads much faster, but it is uncertain if it is more lethal
  • MDH has a program that conducts regular surveillance of the virus for variants, testing up to 50 random samples from University of Minnesota laboratories every week
  • The Brazilian variant was first identified in four travelers who were tested at an airport outside Tokyo