Pandemic coronavirus. Spain was not “patient zero” – a study

Coronavirus came to Spain in February, with “patient zero” in the country. To such conclusion scientists of the Institute of health Carlos III in Madrid, reported the newspaper El País on April 23.

The researchers analyzed the first 28 variants of the coronavirus genome, which was decoded in the country, and found that the infection does not lead to any one person. All Spanish the genomes of coronaviruses belong to the three main virus families: S, G and V.

Scientists have found that the coronaviruses family of S circulating in Spain about the 14th of February, of the family of G – February 18. Coronavirus group S probably came from China to the Netherlands and from there spread all over Europe. Traces of a virus of the family of G was discovered in England and Germany. As Spain emerged coronavirus family V, scientists have not yet found, said the newspaper elEconomista.

Geneticist Fernando gonzález candelas has told El País that there were at least 15 different pathways of virus in Spain.

“It’s similar to what happened in other countries such as the US and Iceland, where it was detected multiple virus penetration… “patient Zero” does not exist”, – he said.

First case of coronavirus in Spain was revealed on 1 February – the German tourist who was vacationing on the island of La Gomera, part of Canary Islands archipelago. The second case – on 10 February at the citizen of great Britain, who was in Palma de Mallorca. But since they were isolated, February 23 the health authorities announced that Spain coronavirus there. However, new research by the Institute of health Carlos III shows that this was not the case.

Spain ranks second in the world in the number of infected with the coronavirus and the third – the number of deaths. As of April 24 coronavirus infection was detected in 219 of 764 residents of Spain, 22 of 524 people died.

Flash coronavirus infection COVID-19 began in December 2019 in the Chinese city of Wuhan. March 11, 2020, the world health organization declared the spread of the coronavirus pandemic. According to data from the American Johns Hopkins University, coronavirus in the world were infected in excess of 2.79 million people, more than 195,9 thousand of them died, 781,3 thousand recovered.

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