The number of new coronary pneumonia cases in the Americas continues to increase, the United States Washington state health officials announced Tuesday that the state has four more deaths from new coronary pneumonia. Brazilian researchers have sequenced the virus’s genes and found that the virus esthest is different in two confirmed cases in Brazil. Jeffrey Duchin, a health official in King County, Washington, said at a news conference Tuesday that four more people died of new coronary pneumonia in Washington state, but the four deaths were not previously included in the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Data released by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on the 2nd showed that as of 1st, there were 91 confirmed or presumed positive cases in the United States, with 2 deaths. Presumptive positive cases are those that have tested positive in some laboratories but have not been confirmed by the CDC.
Ontario Health Announced Tuesday that it has confirmed three more cases of new coronary pneumonia. The cumulative number of confirmed cases nationwide in Canada has increased to 27.
Brazil’s Ministry of Health released the latest data on the 2nd, there are currently two confirmed cases in Brazil. Researchers at the Adolfo Lutz Institute in Brazil and the University of Sao Paulo Medical School genetically sequenced the virus escloser in both cases and found that the virus in the first case was more similar to the virus found in Germany, while in the second case the virus was more similar to the virus found in the UK. The two are also different from the virusfound in China. Both patients returned to Brazil after contracting infection in Italy in February.
Estelle Sabino, a researcher at the University of Sao Paulo’s school of medicine, said the mutation in the virus is a mark on the spread of the disease in the region and can be used by researchers to track the path of the virus.