SARS-CoV-2 genomic surveillance in Rondônia, Brazilian Western Amazon

Sci Rep. 2021 Feb 12;11(1):3770. doi: 10.1038/s41598-021-83203-2.


SARS-CoV-2 has spread rapidly around the world, with Brazil currently considered an epicenter of the pandemic. The Northern region has the second highest incidence coefficient, as well as the third highest mortality rate in the country. This study aimed to investigate information about the evolutionary history of epidemic spread and genetic aspects of strains isolated on the Western Amazon, in the State of Rondônia, Brazil. It was possible to detect a total of 22 mutations. Some of these alterations may possibly be related to effects on transmissibility, the fidelity of RNA replication, the ability of cancer patients to respond to infection, beyond a mutation that emerged after the introduction of SARS-CoV-2 in Rondônia. At least two events of introduction were detected, corresponding to the B.1 and B.1.1 European lineages. An introduction was observed possibly through Argentina, where strains originated that circulated in the Minas Gerais and Ceará Brazilian states, prior to Rondônia (B.1.), as well as through the Minas Gerais state and the Federal District, which gave rise to strains that spread to Rondônia, from the capital to more rural parts of the state (B.1.1.). The findings show the need to monitor the genetic epidemiology of COVID-19, in order to surveil the virus's evolution, dispersion and diversity.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Brazil
  • COVID-19 / epidemiology
  • COVID-19 / virology*
  • Humans
  • Mutation Rate*
  • Phylogeny*
  • SARS-CoV-2 / classification
  • SARS-CoV-2 / genetics*
  • SARS-CoV-2 / isolation & purification
  • Viral Proteins / genetics


  • Viral Proteins