Funed points to an increase in the circulation of the COVID-19 virus in Minas Gerais

Samples are analyzed by the Central Public Health Laboratory of Minas Gerais (Lacen-MG/Funed) (photo: Leandro Couri/EM/DA Press)

The COVID-19 Epidemiological Bulletin, released this Thursday (11/24) by the Minas Gerais State Health Department (SES-MG), reveals that the state recorded 3,901 new cases of the disease in the last 24 hours, in addition to 16 deaths. The data corroborates the Ezequiel Dias Foundation (Funed), which pointed to a considerable increase in the circulation of the SARS-CoV-2 virus, responsible for the Coronavirus. (Lacen-MG/Funed) had a statistically significant percentage jump, going from 1.73% in October to 11.61% in recent November.

Andr Felipe Bernardes, technical reference in respiratory viruses at Funed’s Virology and Rickettsiosis Service, explains that it is possible to register an increase in the frequency with which SARS-CoV-2 was identified in samples sent for analysis in November. “In October the index was at 2.68%, already in the first 19 days of the month, it jumped to 30.97%”.

Progression of detectable results over time, from samples sent to Lacen-MG in 2022. (photo: Funed/Disclosure)

According to Bernardes, these data bring the expectation that, at the end of November and December, there will be a significant growth in the circulation of the virus, similar to that experienced in June and July 2022, when the index reached 32.95% and 40.5% in the respective months.

Infoflu bulletin

Monitoring shows that 15 states show a sign of long-term growth. The data refer to the epidemiological week 46 of the cases of Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS), notified in the Influenza Epidemiological Surveillance Information System (SIVEP-Flu) and compiled in the Infogripe Bulletin – of the Oswaldo Cruz Foundation (Fiocruz).

  • Alagoas – Prob. grow. > 95%
  • Bahia – Prob. grow. > 95%
  • Cear – Prob. grow. > 95%
  • Federal District – Prob. grow. > 95%
  • Gois – Prob. grow. > 95%
  • Mato Grosso do Sul – Prob. grow. > 95%
  • Minas Gerais – Prob. grow. > 75%
  • Pair – Prob. grow. > 75%
  • Paraba – Prob. grow. > 95%
  • Piau – Prob. grow. > 75%
  • Rio Grande do Norte – Prob. grow. > 75%
  • Rio de Janeiro – Prob. grow. > 95%
  • Roraima – Prob. grow. > 75%
  • Santa Catarina – Prob. grow. > 95%
  • So Paulo – Prob. grow. > 95%
In all, 15 states show signs of S growth
In all, 15 states show a growing sign of Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) (photo: Fiocruz/Reproduction)

Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARI) can be caused by COVID-19. Therefore, this growth trend is in line with the rise in new cases of the coronavirus experienced in this month of November.


Lacen-MG/Funed researched another 11 respiratory viruses and observed, in addition to the increase in detectable results for SARS-CoV-2, that nine of them were found that month. In October, only the Influenza B virus did not have its circulation confirmed by tests carried out in the laboratory.

In SARS-CoV-2 samples, Lancen has performed sequencing with detectable results to verify whether the variant that provides the discharge would be one of those recently described by the Genomic Network (BQ.1 or BE.9) or if some other phenomenon occurs in Minas Gerais.

“Another factor that draws our attention is the return of circulation of the Influenza A – H1N1 virus, which, after two years, was identified at Lacen-MG/Funed in four samples of patients from distant geographical areas of Minas Gerais (Diamantina, Ribeiro das Neves, Divinpolis and Ouro Branco). Currently, there is low vaccination coverage against this agent in Brazil”, explains Andr Bernardes.

With information from Funed

*Intern under the supervision of sub-editor Rafael Arruda

The article is in Portuguese

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