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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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Rev Inst Med Trop Sao Paulo

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Aged, Betacoronavirus, Brazil, Communicable Diseases, Imported, Coronavirus Infections, Humans, Middle Aged, Pandemics, Phylogeny, Pneumonia, Viral, Reverse Transcriptase Polymerase Chain Reaction