Brazil detects new COVID-19 variant similar to South African - Butantan chief

Outbreak of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), in Sao Caetano do Sul

SAO PAULO (Reuters) - Brazil has detected a new COVID-19 variant in Sao Paulo state that is similar to the one first seen in South Africa, Dimas Covas, the president of the state's Butantan biomedical institute, said on Wednesday.

(Reporting by Eduardo Simoes, writing by Gabriel Stargardter; editing by Stephen Eisenhammer)