COVID-19 Variant Tears Through South America

Source: The Australian

An aggressive coronavirus variant from Brazil that has been detected in more than 30 nations is now raging across South America, prompting deaths and hospitalisation to soar even in countries that have widely administered vaccines.

Elmiria Camilo, a 53-year-old seamstress in the tranquil city of Tacuarembó, Uruguay, had already received her first shot of the Chinese CoronaVac vaccine when she came down with a sore throat earlier this month. A week later she was dead.

Doctors said they believe Ms Camilo was one of the latest victims of the P.1 variant that has turned Uruguay, a nation of 3.5 million, into one of the world’s worst COVID-19 hot spots.



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