Genomic Characterization and Phylogenetic Analysis of SARS-COV-2 in Italy

J Med Virol. 2020 Mar 29;10.1002/jmv.25794. doi: 10.1002/jmv.25794. Online ahead of print.

Abstract

This report describes the isolation, molecular characterization, and phylogenetic analysis of the first three complete genomes of severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) isolated from three patients involved in the first outbreak of COVID-19 in Lombardy, Italy. Early molecular epidemiological tracing suggests that SARS-CoV-2 was present in Italy weeks before the first reported cases of infection.

Keywords: COVID-19; complete genomes of SARS-CoV-2; phylogenetic analysis.