In Panama, has identified a new subspecies of the virus that causes COVID-19

Scientists Panamanian Institute of health announced that the mutation was imported from five countries strains of coronavirus SARS-CoV-2, which causes the disease COVID-19, in the country, a new typical subspecies, which is assigned the name A2 PAN.

The position of Panama and its function as a regional transport hub has promoted the simultaneous penetration of the virus from different regions of the world.

Sequencing the genomes of 150 virus samples with SARS-CoV-2 has allowed scientists of the Institute Gorgas to determine their country of origin. Before the advent of local mutation the virus was represented by four subspecies from the United States, and one each from Italy, Spain, France and Asia.

Pascal said nothing about the properties and pathogenicity of the local subspecies of SARS-CoV-2 (the country recorded 20 686 infections and 437 of the victims of the 4 million inhabitants), but added that as a result of the closure of the subspecies PAN A2 was localized in Panama until future discoveries.

World health organization March 11 announced the outbreak of a new coronavirus infection COVID-19 pandemic. According to the latest who data, the world revealed more than 7.8 million cases, more than 431 thousand people died.

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