Puerto Rico registered the first case of variant B.1.617.2 of the coronavirus SARS-CoV-2, named as Delta by the World Health Organization, in an asymptomatic four-year-old American tourist who did not require hospitalization.
The spokeswoman for Health Department, Lisdián Acevedo, confirmed the information, although without giving more details or how it was infected or its specific origin in the United States before arriving in Puerto Rico.
The Delta variant is attributed about 6% of coronavirus cases in the United States, according to Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC, in English).
The CDC declared Delta as a variant of concern for being much more transmissible than SARS-CoV-2 and more easily affecting people who did not complete the full course of vaccination.
Molecular epidemiology is not there to dictate lineages and see frequencies only. It is important to integrate it into case investigations and contact tracing to identify patterns and more quickly stop the circulation of variants of interest in public health.
– Faby Cruz (@fabyhealthyle) June 15, 2021
The first case of the Delta variant on the island, as this mutation of the coronavirus that emerged in India is called internationally, comes the day when Puerto Rico reported 188 (yesterday, 410) additional positive cases between confirmed, probable and suspected, while there were six additional deaths from COVID-19 in the last 24 hours.
Hospitalizations continue to decline with 58 (yesterday, 60).