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Brazil develops new test for more contagious coronavirus variants

Today, a leading Brazilian institute launches a test to detect new variants of the coronavirus. Bolsonaro tries to get back into the market’s good books, while his son gets off the hook in a corruption investigation.

Detecting new variants in real time

The Oswaldo Cruz Foundation (Fiocruz), Brazil’s flagship federal biological institute, has developed an RT-PCR test allowing health authorities to detect infections by new variants of the coronavirus in real-time. The new test identifies mutations commonly found in the Manaus, South Africa, and UK variants — which are more contagious than previous versions.

  • The foundation ran trials during...

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