Situation under control in Rio, says Fiocruzo’s vice president

Monitoramento de variantes (21 de maio de 2021)
Variant Monitoring (May 21, 2021)
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Fiocruz’s Vice President of Production, Marco Krieger CNN That the circulation of the Indian-origin version is currently under control in the state of Rio de Janeiro. As such, he also highlighted that he still does not see the need to implement very restrictive measures against the entry of travelers from an Asian country. According to him, testing and quarantine have been “successfully used”.

On the 25th, the state health department confirmed the first patient infected with the Indian strain in the state of Rio de Janeiro. The 35-year-old was isolated at a hotel in downtown Rio de Janeiro and released to family life on Saturday (5). The Municipal Health Department (SMS) said it would continue to monitor the 29 people involved for the next 14 days.

This only positive case of the India edition brought together 44 people from two cities, Campos dos Goytacaz and the capital of Rio de Janeiro. In Rio de Janeiro, 29 people will continue to be tested periodically, including staff at the hotel where a person infected with the strain originating from India was isolated. In Campos dos Goytacazes, 17 are monitored, and of these, two had direct contact with the patient.

On Friday (4), three more Indian men were being monitored in the campus and they are in isolation. So far, all the 47 people to follow-up have tested negative for COVID-19.

The State Health Department (SES) said in a statement that from last Tuesday (1), it has intensified surveillance of passengers arriving at Tom Jobim International Airport (Galeo) and Santos Dumont from India.

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The folder also states that a team from the Secretariat is on call 24 hours a day and called by Anvisa when these passengers reach Rio. Mandatory testing is done at airports, in a restricted area. Passengers who test positive will be isolated at a hotel in the city of Rio de Janeiro and will undergo RT-PCR testing. The samples will be sent for genomic sequencing and variant identification.

On 28 May, the National Health Surveillance Agency (UNVISA) recommended changing the law that governs the entry of people into the country through sea ports to prevent the spread of new forms of COVID-19.

Under the suggestion, foreign sailors arriving from countries that have them in circulation would be prevented from entering Brazil and Brazilians would be required to complete a 14-day quarantine in the city of landing. Currently, marine workers can enter Brazil by air or sea, as long as they are negative in a previous PCR and report any symptoms in the Traveler’s Health Declaration (DSV).

About the author: Cory Weinberg

Cory Weinberg covers the intersection of tech and cities. That means digging into how startups and big tech companies are trying to reshape real estate, transportation, urban planning, and travel. Previously, he reported on Bay Area housing and commercial real estate for the San Francisco Business Times. He received a "best young journalist" award from the National Association of Real Estate Editors.

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