According to Daniel Soranz, there is still no community transmission and the delta variant is responsible for the majority of new cases

Reproduction/Instagram/iec_br/23.05.2021Rio identifies the case of the Mu variant, but there is still a predominance of Delta

The health secretary of the municipality of Rio de Janeiro, Daniel Soranz, said at a press conference that the city identified the first case of variant Mu of the coronavirus in recent days. Still, the case does not indicate community transmission and the one that predominates in the city is still the Delta, considered to be much more transmissible than the original virus. The Mu variant was first identified in Colombia and is classified as “of interest” by World Health Organization (WHO) for having alterations in the genetic code that may allow it to evade antibodies against the coronavirus, potentially circumventing the protection offered by previous infections of Covid-19 or by vaccines, although studies are still underway to confirm this ability.

“Mu is a variant that we diagnosed some time ago here in the city of Rio. It was from a patient who traveled to Mexico. It’s not a case of local transmission, but it did exist. It was diagnosed and we do not have characteristics of local transmission, but we also know that the delta variant dominates the map of the variants even in relation to this one”, said Soranz. Soon after, the mayor of Rio, Eduardo Paes, mocked the situation. “Mu belongs to cattle and will not prevail,” said Paes.

After three weeks of growth in the number of new cases and deaths in August due to the delta variant, Rio de Janeiro again registered a drop in the moving average of both indicators this week, according to epidemiological bulletin released by the city. The city has 60% of the adult population vaccinated with both doses and 98% with at least one dose. This Friday, the city of Rio de Janeiro released events with more than 500 people outdoors starting next Tuesday and allowed the presence of fans in Vasco da Gama games, after having authorized the public in Flamengo games.

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