US confirms first case of new Covid-19 strain in Colorado

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The first reported U.S. case of the Covid-19 variant that’s been seen in the United Kingdom has been found in Colorado, Gov. Jared Polis introduced Tuesday.

The coronavirus variant was discovered in a person in his 20s who’s in isolation southeast of Denver and has no journey historical past, state well being officers mentioned.

The Colorado State Laboratory confirmed the virus variant, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention was notified.

Scientists in the U.Ok. imagine the new virus variant is extra contagious than beforehand recognized strains of the SARS-CoV-2. The vaccines being given now are regarded as efficient towards the variant, Colorado well being officers mentioned in a information launch.

Public well being officers are investigating different potential instances and performing contract tracing to find out the unfold of the variant all through the state.

“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,” Polis mentioned.

Polis and state well being officers are anticipated to deal with the general public Wednesday.

The discovery of the new variant lead the CDC to problem new guidelines on Christmas Day for vacationers arriving to the U.S. from the U.Ok., requiring they present proof of a detrimental Covid-19 take a look at.

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