Confirmation has arrived of the first cases of contagion from the Indian variant in Puglia. The suspicion that arose a few days ago was validated by the sequencing of the genome by the Zooprophylactic Institute of Puglia and Basilicata which is based in Putignano.
There are two infected, residing in the Lecce area and returning from India in recent days. The first swab, however, would have tested negative, subsequently developing the infection. The regional councilor for health, Pier Luigi Lopalco, reports this: “All the contacts of these cases have already been identified by the prevention department and quarantined. It is very important to have isolated the virus because this will allow further studies on the ability of vaccine immunity to block this variant as well. Puglia makes the virus isolated in the laboratory available to the international scientific community “.
And the director of the zooprophylactic institute confirms: “Out of five suspected samples we had in charge, three turned out to be with the English variant and two with the Indian variant. In both cases the virus was isolated in culture and in the next few days tests will be carried out for verify the coverage of vaccine antibodies “.
Therefore, a further novelty arrives in the fight against the pandemic in our region, precisely in the days when new infections appear to be decreasing. The positives of the bulletin of May 4 are 1,028 out of a total of 13,803 tests analyzed, including the control and antigenic swabs: 317 in the province of Bari, 105 in the province of Brindisi, 140 in the province of Bat, 89 in the province of Foggia, 196 in the province of Lecce, 169 in the province of Taranto, 8 cases of residents outside the region, 4 of the province of unknown residence.