Caribbean at high-risk for importing all three COVID-19 variants
(Guyana Chronicle) As Guyana awaits laboratory results that will confirm whether variants of the virus, COVID-19 have been imported, the Caribbean Public Health Agency (CARPHA) has emphasised that Caribbean countries are at a “very high” risk of importing the three known variants even with travel protocols and requirements in place.
Currently, the three variants of concern are: the B.1.1.7 variant, or what is commonly called the United Kingdom (UK) variant; the B.1.351 or the South Africa variant; and the B.1.1.28 variant found in Brazil.
All three of the variants have been found to be more transmissible, meaning that they can infect more persons easily. Only the UK variant, which was the first variant to be discovered through a type of genetic analysis known as genomic sequencing, has been detected in the Caribbean (in Jamaica, Trinidad and Tobago and St. Lucia) so far.
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