Brazil announced this Sunday that it quarantine to a Brazilian citizen with COVID who entered the country from South Africa and is investigating whether it contracted the new Omicron variant, at a time when the influx of tourists, including Argentines, is growing in the country.
The infected citizen He entered the Guarulhos International Airport in São Paulo on Saturday night, so the investigation was started to determine if it is the new variant of COVID present in African countries.
This was reported by a statement from the National Health Surveillance Agency (Anvisa), the Brazilian regulatory body, which indicated that the passenger arrived by a flight from the Ethiopian airline Ethiopian Airlines and that the follow-up protocol will be carried out on the rest of the passengers and crew of that plane.
The passenger was asymptomatic and had shipped with a negative PCR test.
“The authorities of the health area will be responsible for the genomic map to identify the variant”Says the statement from the Brazilian regulator.
Despite the refusal of President Jair Bolsonaro on Friday, finally the The government accepted Anvisa’s request to ban the arrival of flights from South Africa, Botswana, Esswatini, Lesotho, Namibia and Zimbabwe. The resolution will take effect from Monday and was published on Saturday night, in an extra edition of the Official Gazette of the Union.
For Brazilians who arrive in the country after having been in those African nations, it will be mandatory to stay in quarantine for 14 days.
Anvisa once again pressured the government to expand restrictions on passengers originating in Angola, Mozambique, Malawi and Zambia. The resolution published in the Official Gazette of the Union keeps the entry of foreigners by land closed, with the exception of those who do so from Paraguay.
Politicians from the state of Santa Catarina asked the Ministry of Tourism to work to eliminate this restriction in the face of the summer season on the beaches of that state bordering the province of Misiones.
It is that to Florianópolis, Garopaba and Balneario Camboriú the vast majority of tourists from Argentina do so by car through the borders of Puerto Iguazú and Bernardo de Irigoyen (Misiones) and Paso de los Libres (Corrientes).
Currently, Brazil’s restriction regime forces Argentines to move to Ciudad del Este, Paraguay, to cross to Foz de Iguazú.
The city of São Paulo was on February 26, 2020, the place of the first case of coronavirus in Latin America, arrived from the north of Italy by a tourist who had spent his vacations in that European country and who disembarked at Guarulhos airport.
(With information from Telam)