The new strain of SARS-CoV-2 discovered in the United Kingdom begins to break into the Americas. The first country on the continent to detect the first cases of infection with the new variant of Covid-19 was Canada.
“The cases were detected in a couple from Durham, Ontario, who are said to have no history of travel that exposed them to the virus, or of high-risk contacts,” according to what the Ministry reported on December 26 Health of the province, the most populated in the country.
Three days later, the news originated in the US state of Colorado, where authorities reported the first recorded case in the country of a person infected with the same variant of the SARS-CoV-2 virus that was found in the United Kingdom. A state laboratory in Colorado confirmed the case to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in the United States.
“The individual is a man in his 20s who is currently isolated in Elbert County and has no travel history,” Colorado Governor Jared Polis revealed in a message posted on his social media.
The US health authorities continue to investigate the case. So far no close contacts with the patient have been identified, although public health officials are already trying to identify other possible cases and contacts through tracing interviews.
On the same day, the Chilean Undersecretary of Health, Paula Daza, reported that the new strain of Covid-19 had been detected in a Chilean woman who was recently in London. The patient arrived in Chile on a flight from Madrid on December 21. The next day he traveled to Temuco, 700 kilometers south of Santiago.
The woman, whose identity was not disclosed, was admitted to a local hospital, as were her close contacts. The Chilean government, in turn, made the decision to establish a 10-day quarantine for all those arriving in Chile from abroad.
In turn, the Mexican Undersecretary of Health, Hugo López-Gatell, stated that, although there is no evidence that the new strain of the SARS-CoV-2 virus is found in the Latin American country, it is likely that it has arrived for several weeks.
The Mexican health official emphasizes that “the variant had already been identified since September, although it was notified in the first week of December. Most likely, the strain is already in multiple countries. Could it be in Mexico? So far in Mexico It has not been identified, but it could already be in Mexico for a long time and it is not that it has just arrived. “
Despite this, López-Gatell asserted that, for the moment, Mexico will not close its borders to prevent the variant of the coronavirus from reaching the country.
The official assured that when the new strain is identified in Mexico, the population will be notified.
For his part, the general director of the National Center for Preventive Programs and Disease Control (Cenaprece), Ruy López Ridaura, reported that different SARS-CoV-2 mutations have been traced in Mexico, so the “possibility that these new strains already have a much more global dispersion is very high “.
On 19 December, UK health authorities confirmed the presence of a new strain of SARS-CoV-2 that is spreading faster and, according to initial estimates, could be 70% more contagious.
The British strain was also detected in South Korea, Spain, Italy and other nations of the world. Many countries have suspended flights from the United Kingdom to prevent the spread of the virus variant.