Scientists in Los Angeles County have begun to examine samples of COVID-19 found in patients to determine whether a new, more infectious strain of the British virus has entered the West Coast of the United States.
Considering how easily the new strain can spread from person to person, the new strain is of particular concern, although it is not clear whether it is more deadly than the chain that has been circulating for several months.
The director of the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health, Barbara Ferrer, said in an interview with the Los Angeles Times on Friday that the public health laboratory is performing genetic sequencing of virus samples.
Ferrer said: “When I talked to the State Department of Public Health, they said they had been looking for and did not see them.”
The above remarks were made when the county saw a surge in cases. On Thursday alone, more than 13,600 new cases were recorded, and 148 people died that day.
“This happened devastatingly quickly. Everyone I talked to said that this acceleration exceeded any model and expectations, so people would say “What happened? “I must think this is partly because of the pressure there,” the mayor of Los Angeles Eric GasettiLos Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti announced that he will not join the Biden government’s governor for stealing Christmas, and California’s businesses that fought back at Buttigieg are among the top Biden Transportation Directors: CNN more (D) said in an interview with The Times on Wednesday.
At the same time as the surge in cases, people are worried that the virus is ravaging the UK. The virus has imposed strict restrictions on large areas of the UK in an attempt to control its outbreak.
A study by the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine’s Infectious Disease Modeling Center found that the strain is 56% more infectious than the original strain. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said this week that the strain may have spread in the United States