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The Brazilian health authorities confirmed the presence of a subvariant of the Ómicron at a time when the country has registered an increase in infections since the end of 2021.

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The Ministry of Health indicated that as of Sunday they had confirmed five cases of the BA.2 subvariant of the Omicron, the most contagious among all the variants of Covid-19.

Of the reported cases, two were detected in the states of Sao Paulo and Rio de Janeiro, the entities most affected by the pandemic in the South American giant. The fifth case was registered in the Santa Catarina region.



The Ómicron variant is predominant in the country and is responsible for more than 95 percent of new coronavirus infections, according to figures released last Friday by the Oswaldo Cruz Foundation (Fiocruz).

The BA.2 subvariant, which is more difficult to detect due to its genetics, is also considered more transmissible, and is even capable of infecting people who have already been vaccinated.

The finding coincides with a new moment of the pandemic in the country, with daily records of new cases.

Brazil surpassed the mark of 1,000 deaths in 24 hours from Covid-19 on Friday, which had not happened since August last year.

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