Scientists in Los Angeles are trying to figure out whether the rapid spread of the coronavirus is responsible for the surge in cases in the UK because of an increase in similar cases in California.
This mutation is 70% more infectious, but it does not seem to be fatal.
Despite the lockdown and other measures taken to stop the spread, COVID-19 is still out of control in Los Angeles County and other parts of California, which has received 2 million cases on Christmas Eve.
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Officials blamed this growth on holiday parties and travel, but also pointed out that mundane activities such as shopping are underlying reasons for the continued spread.
The mayor of Los Angeles, Eric Garcetti, is still wondering whether the new variants of the virus may be in large numbers.
“This happened devastatingly quickly. All the people I talked to said that this acceleration exceeded any model and any expectations, so people would say̵
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The director of the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health, Barbara Ferrer, said that the public health laboratory has begun genetic sequencing to test virus samples collected there, but it will take about a week to get results.
This article first appeared in the “New York Post”.