We conducted the genome sequencing and analysis of the first confirmed COVID-19 infections in Brazil. Rapid sequencing coupled with phylogenetic analyses in the context of travel history corroborate multiple independent importations from Italy and local spread during the initial stage of COVID-19 transmission in Brazil.


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de Jesus, J., Sacchi, C., Candido, D., Claro, I., Sales, F., Manuli, E., da Silva, D., de Paiva, T., Pinho, M., Santos, K., Hill, S., Aguiar, R., Romero, F., Dos Santos, F., Gonçalves, C., Timenetsky, M., Quick, J., Croda, J., de Oliveira, W., Rambaut, A., Pybus, O., Loman, N., Sabino, E. & Faria, N. 2020, 'Importation and early local transmission of covid-19 in Brazil, 2020', Revista do Instituto de Medicina Tropical de Sao Paulo, 62, article no: e20. https://doi.org/10.1590/S1678-9946202062030

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