The A23-1 variant, which had only been detected in Uganda and occasionally in the UK, has “higher transmission capacity”.

Archive image of a hospital in Andalusia.

Andalusia has detected a new strain of coronavirus, A23-1, which had only been detected in Uganda and a very isolated case in the UK, as reported this Thursday by the Councilor for Health and Families of the Board, Jesús Aguirre.

The counselor has explained, in statements to journalists in Jaén, that it is about a strain characterized by having “greater transmission capacity”, but it is not yet clear if it has greater virulence.

According to Aguirre, Andalusian hospitals are “perfectly coordinated to sequence the coronavirus of all the strains that we have and the variants that may reach us.”

He has insisted that “although vaccines respond well and prevent against these mutations, we do not know what we can find in one, two or three monthsHence the importance of having all our diagnostic instruments fully greased ”.

The counselor has indicated that Andalusia is no longer “in a downward phase”, but on a plateau, which together with the fact that “different strains are beginning to arrive”, means that the restrictions are maintained.

The 61% of the positives of all the analyzes carried out in the community correspond to the British variant and in some provinces this percentage reaches 80 and even 90%.

He has also recalled that there are three perfectly identified South African strains, imported, without there having yet been community contagion and there are three cases that have arrived by air.

Aguirre has sent a message of “absolute tranquility” to the people who have received the AstraZeneca vaccine because it has ensured that there are millions of doses of this vaccine that have been put in the world.

Finally, the head of Health recalled that people vaccinated with a first dose, after 20 or 30 days, already have 80% immunity and a very high level of antigens.