The Ministry of Health registered this Friday (1st) 462 deaths by Covid-19. In total, Brazil already has 195,411 deaths caused by the disease.
The folder also confirmed 24,605 new cases of Covid, bringing the total infected to 7,700,578 people.
The figures refer to cases registered with the federal government by the State Health Secretariats over a period of 24 hours, counting from 4 pm the previous day, regardless of the date of the occurrences.
On Saturdays, Sundays and holidays, these numbers tend to be lower due to the functioning of Health Departments and laboratories.
The arrival of the variant of SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes Covid-19, first found in the United Kingdom shortly before Christmas, has already been confirmed in 31 countries.
Studies indicate that it is more transmissible, but experts say there is still no evidence that it is more dangerous.
The World Health Organization (WHO) reported that the initial analysis of the new strain indicates that it can spread more easily among people, but that studies are underway to determine whether it is associated with changes in symptom severity, antibody response or even vaccine effectiveness.
Until December 30, the mutation called VOC-202012/01 (Variant of concern, year 2020, month 12, variant 01) was registered in 31 countries:
- United Kingdom (origin)
- South Korea
- United Arab Emirates
- Taiwan *
- South Africa **
- Nigeria **
* It does not enter the account because it is not recognized as a country by Brazil.
** This is a different strain, but it has similarities with that of the United Kingdom.