The US state of Colorado has recorded what’s reportedly the primary US case of the significantly infectious variant of the coronavirus that emerged lately in Britain, the governor mentioned Tuesday.
“Right now we found Colorado’s first case of COVID-19 variant B.1.1.7, the identical variant found within the UK,” State Governor Jared Polis tweeted.
He hooked up an official assertion from his workplace and state well being officers saying the person is a “male in his 20s who’s presently remoted in Elbert County and has no journey historical past.”
The particular person had no shut contacts, in accordance with the assertion, however the state of affairs will proceed to be monitored “very carefully” and authorities are working to determine different potential instances by contact tracing.
Right now we found the primary Colorado case of COVID-19 variant B.1.1.7, the identical variant found within the UK.
The well being and security of Coloradans is our high precedence and we’ll monitor this case, in addition to all COVID-19 indicators, very carefully. pic.twitter.com/fjyq7QhzBi
– Governor Jared Polis (@GovofCO) December 29, 2020
The Washington Put up reported that the Colorado case is the primary recognized an infection of the virus variant to be recorded in the US. The primary two variant instances on the North American continent had been found in Canada over the weekend.
The brand new pressure of Covid-19 has raised fears, which consultants say is probably extra transmissible.
Greater than 3,000 instances of the variant have already been reported within the UK and in dozens of nations in Europe and world wide, in accordance with the EU well being company ECDC.
In South Africa, greater than 300 instances of one other variant have been recorded. Three instances of that pressure variant have been confirmed in Europe, two within the UK and one in Finland, however all three have been linked to folks coming back from South Africa.
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