Georgia on Tuesday announced its first case of the ‘mutant’ COVID-19 strain.
The new variant is between 50% and 70% more transmissible, scientists say.
Georgians cast high-stakes final votes Tuesday in elections to determine the balance of power in the new Congress, deciding Senate runoff elections sure to shape President-elect Joe Biden’s ability to enact what could be the most progressive governing agenda in generations.
The first US case of the strand was reported in a remote nursing home in Colorado last week. It has since also been discovered elsewhere in the state, as well as in Florida and California, with at least 11 people now infected.
The ‘mutant’ variant of the virus that began ravaging across the UK towards the end of last year, causing cases to surge and forcing Prime Minister Boris Johnson to announce a third nationwide lockdown Monday.
The first US case of the strand was reported in a remote nursing home in Colorado last week. It has since also been discovered elsewhere in the state, as well as in Florida and California, with at least 11 people now infected
Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Tuesday identified the New York patient Monday as a male jewelry store worker in Saratoga Springs, who is in his 60s. The man did have COVID-19 symptoms but is ‘on the mend.’
Three other people linked to the jewelry store have also since tested positive for COVID-19, but Cuomo said it’s unknown if they have the variant.
Much like the first US case of the variant in Colorado, the man had no recent travel history, suggesting a community spread.
The CDC believes the strain first emerged in Britain in September and said last week it suspects it has been circulating in the US for some time.
The strain is thought to be 50 to 70 percent more transmissible but not more deadly.
The UK’s new variant of the virus is not more deadly but is around 50 percent more infectious. This chart from different regions from the UK shows how much more infectious the new super-COVID strain is in comparison to other virus variants
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