An individual gestures in the direction of an indication with a public well being info message, amid the unfold of the coronavirus illness (COVID-19), as new restrictions come into power, in London, Britain, December 20, 2020.
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The first case of a new and doubtlessly extra infectious strain of Covid-19 has been confirmed in the United States, Colorado well being officers stated Tuesday.
Colorado well being officers confirmed the case and notified the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The contaminated particular person is in isolation in Elbert County, about an hour and a half south of Denver. Officials stated the man, who’s in his 20s, doesn’t have a journey historical past.
“There is a lot we don’t know about this new Covid-19 variant, but scientists in the United Kingdom are warning the world that it is significantly more contagious. The health and safety of Coloradans is our top priority and we will closely monitor this case, as well as all COVID-19 indicators, very closely,” Colorado Governor Jared Polis stated Tuesday.
“We are working to prevent spread and contain the virus at all levels,” Polis stated, including that public well being officers have been working to determine different potential circumstances by way of contact tracing interviews.
Preliminary evaluation of the mutated strain, first recognized in the U.Ok., suggests it could be the perpetrator behind Britain’s latest spike in circumstances. The new strain, known as SARS-CoV-2 VUI 202012/01 in the science neighborhood, could possibly be as a lot as 70% extra transmissible, British Prime Minister Boris Johnson stated.
The CDC stated in December that the new strain may already be circulating in the U.S. with out discover. The CDC cited ongoing journey between the U.Ok. and the U.S. as a proof for the potential arrival of the new variant.
The discovery of the strain in Britain sparked border closures in European nations like Ireland, France, Belgium and Germany in addition to nations exterior of the continent.
The Trump administration doesn’t plan to impose Covid-19 screenings for passengers arriving at U.S. airports from the United Kingdom, Reuters reported, citing officers conversant in the matter.
The British authorities confirms that one other infectious variant of the novel coronavirus recognized in South Africa has additionally in the United Kingdom. The strain from South Africa has not but been recognized in the United States.
President Donald Trump’s coronavirus vaccine czar, Moncef Slaoui, stated earlier in December that the Pfizer and Moderna Covid-19 pictures ought to be efficient in opposition to new strains.