Wednesday December 30th 2020
Mutation first appeared in the United States
The new variant of the corona virus continues to spread around the world. After two infected people in Canada became known last weekend, the mutation is now being detected for the first time in a patient in the USA.
The new and apparently more contagious variant of the coronavirus B.1.1.7 was first detected in the USA. The mutation was diagnosed in a 20-year-old patient in the state of Colorado, as the local governor Jared Polis announced via the online service Twitter. The man is in quarantine in the Elbert administrative district. He hadn’t been traveling.
The USA is the country in the world hardest hit by the corona pandemic. Around 19.3 million people there have been infected with the virus so far, and more than 335,000 people have died in connection with the infection, according to the Johns Hopkins University. The new form of the coronavirus has spread widely in southern England. It was also found in two patients in Canada last weekend. These were the first known cases of infection with this virus variant in North America.
According to the EU health authority ECDC, more than 3000 cases of this virus mutation have been discovered worldwide. So far, only individual cases of the new virus variant have been found in Germany. According to studies, this form of the pathogen is significantly more contagious than the previous ones.