Two cases a new corona virus variant of Britain has been detected in Kentucky, Governor Andy Beshear announced Tuesday.
Beshear said Dr. Steven Stack, the state’s public health commissioner, will talk more about the new strain cases Wednesday and “the implication experience this tension right here. ”
The announcement was “tough little news,” said Beshear, “but we knew we were going to see it.” It comes after the Indiana Department of Health reported the first case of the strain on January 11.
Beshear did not offer any information about the two infected people, such as where they live or their age or gender. It is also unknown if they traveled somewhere with the new variant or how they contracted it.
Late last year, reports of the spread of the new COVID-19 virus in the UK were more contagious but not more lethal or severe.
It was first seen in September in southeast England, and the new variant accounted for a quarter of London cases in November. As of the week of 9 December, it was responsible for 60% of cases in the city.
Latest number:Kentucky reported 2,714 cases of COVID-19 as of Tuesday
On December 29, Colorado became the first US state to report a case of the new virus: a man in his 20s who had not traveled recently.
At least eight US states and 33 countries has identified a new variant, known as B.1.1.7.
South Africa has also identified strains similar to those first identified in the UK, but which emerged independently of the British strain and were not related to it.
In addition, the variant detected in Brazil – and not yet in the US – “contains an additional set of mutations that could affect their ability to be recognized by antibodies”, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
A virus variant is expected, according to the CDC, and scientists are still researching known variants.
So far, the two vaccines permitted for use in the United States – the Pfizer / BioNTech and Moderna vaccines – appear to be effective against this new strain, the researchers said.
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