A more contagious variant of the Chinese coronavirus first detected in the U.K. has surfaced in at least five states across the U.S., threatening to burden the already strained health care system further.
Joining at least 33 countries, health officials in Colorado (December 28), respectively followed by California (December 30), Florida (December 31), New York (January 4), and most recently Georgia (January 5), have documented their first case of the new strain. Most of those states have imposed strict mask mandates and lockdown measures, except Florida and Georgia.
On Wednesday, data posted on the official website of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) revealed the United States is home to at least 52 cases of the variant first identified in the U.K. — at least 26 new strain infections in California, 22 in Florida, two cases in Colorado, and one each in Georgia and New York.
CDC officials stressed that