Antonio Oliver, head of microbiology at Son Espases. | Govern de les Illes Balears
Antonio Oliver, the head of the microbiology laboratory at Son Espases Hospital, explained on Wednesday that sequencing studies carried out in the last two weeks of March and the first week of April identified cases of new variants in the Balearics. The Brazilian variant was detected in Mallorca and the South African in Ibiza. Of 80 cases taken at random, 59 were of the UK variant and 14 were cases with the E484K mutation that present "some resistance" to vaccines. Other variants were found, but these were "not relevant and were in the minority".