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Coronavirus – variant B.1.640 confirmed in the Czech Republic

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The first case of infection with the B.1.640 coronavirus variant was detected in the Czech Republic, the University Hospital in Hradec Kralove reported. Four members of his family also fell ill.

The infection with variant B.1.640 was confirmed in a 28-year-old man who was initially suspected of having the variant.

The 28-year-old man came on December 19 to Hradec Kralove from Prague, where he worked. The man has not been abroad recently. After four days, he and then four members of his family fell ill. Samples taken from them are sequenced, local sanitary services said.

A spokesman for these services, Veronika Krejczi, said that all infected people showed the classic symptoms of COVID-19 – cough, fatigue, joint and muscle pain, fever. Loss of smell was also reported in two cases. None of the patients were in serious condition. A man infected with variant B.1.640 is not hospitalized.

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Variant B.1.640

According to experts, variant B.1.640 has been detected since last September. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), B.1.640 appeared in September 2021 in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. About 400 cases of infection with this variant have been reported so far, most of them in France.

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