A suspected case of virus mutation B.1.1.529

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Anomalies in the PCR test result

  • After the initial PCR evaluation, there is a suspicion of a new virus mutation B.1.1.529
  • Contact persons were identified and segregated
  • Affected PCR test sample will be sent to AGES for sequencing in accordance with the specifications – the result is expected in the coming days
  • Call of the authorities: travelers returning from South Africa, Lesotho, Botswana, Zimbabwe, Mozambique, Namibia and Eswatini should carry out PCR testing
  • General recommendation for a Covid test after traveling in pandemic times

After the new virus mutation B.1.1.529 has already appeared in other European countries, a positive PCR test result associated with a trip to South Africa is available in the Schwaz district today, Saturday evening. As a result of the initial test by Innsbruck Virology, there is a specific suspicion that it could be the new virus mutation. “The test sample will now be sent to AGES in Vienna for a corresponding sequencing, during which the virus composition will be examined in detail. A result from AGES is expected in the coming days. According to their own information and according to the current state of knowledge, the person concerned has been almost exclusively at home three days ago and currently has no symptoms – the second Covid vaccination with an mRNA vaccine, however, was around nine months ago. Contact persons of the person concerned have been segregated ”, informed Elmar Rizzoli, Head of the Corona Task Force, and appeals: “People who have entered the country from the defined countries in the past 14 days should carry out a Covid-PCR test as a precaution. In principle, however, this is recommended to all people who travel during a pandemic that is spreading around the world – to protect their fellow human beings. ”

Independent registration for PCR testing after returning home

Yesterday, Friday, the country made a precautionary appeal that goes beyond federal requirements (travel within ten days) and is aimed at people returning from the countries of South Africa, Lesotho, Botswana, Zimbabwe, Mozambique, Namibia and Eswatini: People Anyone who has stayed in one of these countries in the past 14 days should, as a precaution, do a PCR test immediately after entering the country. A PCR test on the fifth and tenth day is also recommended. You can register at https://corona.leitstelle.tirol/, select “I am a returnee”. It is also pointed out that safety and hygiene measures such as keeping your distance, observing hand hygiene, regular ventilation and wearing a mask (FFP2) in everyday life should be observed. Information for travelers returning can be found on the website of the State Medical Directorate

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