Brazilian variant of Covid-19 crosses South America in warning to the world
TACUAREMBÓ, Uruguay – An aggressive variant of the Brazilian coronavirus that has been detected in more than 30 countries is now raging in South America, causing increased deaths and hospitalizations, even in countries that have widely administered vaccines.
Elmiria Camilo, a 53-year-old seamstress in the quiet town, had already received her first injection of the Chinese CoronaVac vaccine when she suffered a sore throat earlier this month. A week later, she was dead.
Doctors here said they believe Ms Camilo was one of the latest victims of the P.1 variant which made Uruguay, a nation of 3.5 million people, one of the worst spots outbreaks of Covid-19 in the world.
“I never thought I would lose my mother like this,” said Ms Camilo’s daughter Nancy Lefebre, who said goodbye on a video call before her mother died in the intensive care unit of ‘a hospital. “I wish I could have seen her just one more time.”
The push here offers lessons for the rest of the world. Variant P.1 has spread to countries like Canada, where authorities in the province of British Columbia recorded 2,062 P.1 cases as of April 26, compared with 974 as of April 9. Turkey and Hungary have had to cope with strong surges. partly fueled by the more infectious British variant. Indian doctors are studying whether new variants could add to a record increase in cases and deaths. A variant, B.1.617, has already appeared in the United States and 18 other countries.