SARS-CoV-2 Gamma variant

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Total number of P.1 sequences by country as of 21 April 2021[1]
  1,000+ confirmed sequences
  500–999 confirmed sequences
  100–499 confirmed sequences
  2–99 confirmed sequences
  1 confirmed sequence
  None or no data available

The Gamma variant, also known as lineage P.1,[a] is one of the variants of SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19.[5]

This variant of SARS-CoV-2 was first detected by the National Institute of Infectious Diseases (NIID) of Japan, on 6 January 2021 in four people who had arrived in Tokyo having visited Amazonas, Brazil, four days earlier.[6]

Notes[change | change source]

  1. Other names include:
    Variant of Concern 202101/02 (VOC-202101/02)[2]
    Brazilian variant or Brazil variant[3][4]

References[change | change source]

  1. "Lineage P.1". Retrieved 2021-04-21.
  2. Public Health England (27 February 2021). "Variants: distribution of cases data". GOV.UK. Retrieved 2021-02-27.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  3. "Covid-19: Brazil virus already in UK 'not variant of concern', scientist says". 15 January 2021. Retrieved 15 January 2021.
  4. "COVID-19: Virologist says Brazilian coronavirus variant detected in UK is not the one 'of concern'". 15 January 2021. Retrieved 15 January 2021.
  5. Newey, Sarah (12 January 2021). "Third concerning coronavirus variant should be a 'wake up call' to the world, experts warn". The Telegraph. Retrieved 17 January 2021.
  6. "Japan finds new coronavirus variant in travelers from Brazil". Japan Today. Japan. 11 January 2021. Retrieved 2021-01-14.