MIAMI – The Florida Department of Health (United States) reported that the first case of the new British strain of Covid-19 has been detected in the region, so at least three states in the United States have already discovered this virus variant, after Colorado and California.
Florida health authorities said Thursday night that it is a man in his 20s with no travel history.
Faced with this situation, the Department of Health initiated an “investigation” with the help of the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to try to locate the origin of this contagion.
The young man resides in Martin County, in the tourist area of southeastern Florida and neighboring Palm Beach County, where President Donald Trump has his residence and where the president has celebrated Christmas.
The Department of Health urged the population to practice measures that contribute to the mitigation of Covid-19, after this Thursday the record of positive cases in the state was broken since the pandemic began.
The state of Florida, one of the hardest hit by the covid-19 pandemic, announced this Thursday that on the last day of the year there were 17,192 new cases of coronavirus, far exceeding the 15,300 cases reported on July 12, when the state was in the worst of the first wave of the pandemic, as well as 127 new deaths due to the disease.
These figures bring the total cases and deaths in the state to 1,323,315 and 21,990, respectively.
California Governor Gavin Newsom announced Wednesday that a case of the new British strain had been detected in the state, a day after it was discovered Tuesday in Colorado.
This Thursday, three other new cases were reported in the same area of California, in the Mexican border city of San Diego, so the number rises to four in the region.
This month, the British Government announced that it had detected a new strain of Covid-19 that appears to be 70% more contagious than other variants and could be linked to the increase in infections that have been registered in London and the south-east of England since the middle of November.
According to data from Johns Hopkins University, the United States is about to overcome the barrier of the 20 million people who have tested positive for Covid-19, of which 345,000 died due to not overcoming the complications derived from the disease, which long makes the country the most affected worldwide.