The record of states to establish the harmful new coronavirus variant is rising.
Texas, Connecticut and Pennsylvania confirmed their first circumstances on Thursday, becoming a member of California, Colorado, Georgia, Florida and New York.
Florida has at the least 22 confirmed circumstances, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. California has reported at the least 26.
Specialists have warned that the United States is woefully ill-equipped to trace the rapidly transmissible variant. With no strong, nationwide system to establish genetic variations of the coronavirus, states are left on their very own to establish the variant.
The Texas Division of Well being and Human Providers mentioned an grownup male resident of Harris County, which incorporates Houston, with no historical past of journey examined constructive for the coronavirus. Genetic sequencing this week confirmed that the an infection was brought on by the variant.
“The truth that this particular person had no journey historical past suggests this variant is already circulating in Texas,” Dr. John Hellerstedt, the commissioner of state well being providers, said in a statement. “It’s not stunning that it confirmed up right here given how quickly it spreads.”
Dr. Hellerstedt urged Texans to “redouble our dedication” to social distancing and public well being measures.
In Connecticut, Gov. Ned Lamont mentioned two individuals between 15 and 25 years old had examined constructive for the variant. Each had traveled exterior of the state, he mentioned, one to Eire and the opposite to New York. Genetic sequencing confirmed the circumstances are unrelated.
Pennsylvania additionally reported that its case was due to international exposure.
Final month, Britain turned the primary nation to establish the brand new variant, which is now surging there and burdening its hospitals with new circumstances. Now, the variant has been recognized in at the least 33 international locations, together with Britain. Dr. Hans Kluge, the World Well being Group’s regional director for Europe, known as the unfold of the variant throughout the continent “an alarming state of affairs.”
“With out elevated management to gradual its unfold, there shall be an elevated influence on already harassed and pressurized well being services,” Dr. Kluge said at a briefing on Thursday, warning that the variant could, over time, “substitute different circulating lineages” because it has in Britain.
Dr. Kluge urged international locations to proceed to research transmission, enhance genetic sequencing and to share knowledge.