Madrid detects first case of Brazilian coronavirus variant

FILE PHOTO: A healthcare worker takes a swab sample from a man to be tested for the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) during massive free testing conducted by the Spanish Red Cross, in Alcobendas, outside Madrid, Spain January 29, 2021. REUTERS/Susana Vera

MADRID (Reuters) – Madrid health authorities on Friday confirmed the first case of the Brazilian variant of COVID-19 in the region, three days after Spain restricted air travel with Brazil and South Africa to curb the spread of virulent new strains.

The national health ministry did not immediately respond to a request for comment on whether other cases of the Brazilian variant had been detected elsewhere in Spain.

On Wednesday, Spain detected its second known case of the South African coronavirus variant.

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