Whole genome and phylogenetic analysis of two SARSCoV-2 strains isolated in Italy in January and February 2020: Additional clues on multiple introductions and further circulation in Europe

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Abstract

Whole genome sequences of SARS-CoV-2 obtained from two patients, a Chinese tourist visiting Rome and an Italian, were compared with sequences from Europe and elsewhere. In a phylogenetic tree, the Italian patient's sequence clustered with sequences from Germany while the tourist's sequence clustered with other European sequences. Some additional European sequences in the tree segregated outside the two clusters containing the patients' sequences. This suggests multiple SARS-CoV-2 introductions in Europe or virus evolution during circulation.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-5
Number of pages5
JournalEurosurveillance
Volume25
Issue number13
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Apr 2 2020

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Epidemiology
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health
  • Virology

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