New COVID-19 Variant From U.Ok. Confirmed In U.S. For First Time

The primary confirmed case of the brand new, extra transmissible COVID-19 variant first found within the U.Ok. has been found in america.

Colorado Gov. Jared Polis (D) mentioned Tuesday {that a} state laboratory confirmed the variant referred to as B.1.1.7 in a male in his 20s, who’s at the moment in isolation in Elbert County.

State authorities say the person had no journey historical past, and to this point, no shut contacts have been recognized.

The mutant COVID-19 variant has already been detected in no less than 18 different international locations, together with the UK. 

Denver Worldwide Airport isn’t at the moment working a direct flight to the UK, the Colorado Solar notes, although direct flights to another international locations, together with Canada, can be found.

A pair in Ontario, Canada, examined optimistic for B.1.1.7 earlier this week.

“There’s a lot we don’t find out about this new COVID-19 variant, however scientists in the UK are warning the world that it’s considerably extra contagious,” Polis mentioned in a press release. “The well being and security of Coloradans is our prime precedence and we are going to carefully monitor this case, in addition to all COVID-19 indicators, very carefully.”

Researchers within the U.Ok. warned final week that B.1.1.7 is round 56% extra contagious than the preliminary pressure of the coronavirus that first emerged late final 12 months in China. Thus far, nevertheless, the mutations don’t seem to make it extra lethal.

Just lately authorised COVID-19 vaccines produced Pfizer and Moderna are anticipated to be efficient towards the brand new pressure.

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