At the very least 52 instances of a coronavirus variant first recognized in the UK have been recognized in the US, in line with the CDC on Wednesday.
This consists of 26 instances in California, 22 instances in Florida, two instances in Colorado, and one case in Georgia and New York.
CDC says this doesn’t characterize the entire variety of instances circulating within the US, however slightly these which have been discovered by analyzing constructive samples. The company cautions that its numbers, that are anticipated to replace on Tuesdays and Thursdays, could not instantly match these of state and native well being departments.
Whereas the variant seems to unfold extra simply than Covid-19, there is not any proof that it is extra lethal or causes extra extreme illness, in line with CDC.
Specialists suspect there may very well be many extra instances within the US and have criticized the nation for not doing extra genetic sequencing of virus samples to surveil for mutations. On Sunday, a CDC official informed CNN the company plans to greater than double the variety of samples it sequences over the next two weeks — with a goal of 6,500 per week.
The earliest recognized US pattern that carried the present model of the variant was taken on December 19 in Florida, in line with the genomic database GISAID. Nevertheless, assortment dates usually are not out there for all samples.