Panama detects first case of South Africa COVID-19 variant – health ministry

A woman gets tested for the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) at the Tocumen International Airport in Panama City

PANAMA CITY (Reuters) – Panama has registered its first case of a COVID-19 variant matching a strain of the virus detected in South Africa, the Central American country’s health ministry said on Friday.

The variant was detected in a 40-year-old native of Zimbabwe who entered Panama on Jan. 5 from South Africa. The person did not show symptoms and has been isolated, the ministry said in a statement.

(Reporting by Elida Moreno, Writing by Daina Beth Solomon)

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