Christie Corpus, Texas – According to the local health officer, Dr. Srikanth Ramachandruni, the new COVID-19 variant B.1.1.7 originated in the United Kingdom and has been identified in Nueces County.
According to a report in The Calling Times, a man in Corpus Christi, aged between 60 and 70, recently visited the UK due to a family emergency. Ramachandruni said he was diagnosed with the new COVID-19 variant as soon as he got home.
“The person who returned from the trip in late December was in isolation and will remain in quarantine until approved by the health authorities,”
Ramachandruni added: “One of his symptoms is a severe headache and he is expected to recover.”
So far, “Caller Times” stated that the strain has been found in eight states and 33 countries. The man’s diagnosis marks the second case of this variant being found in Texas.
Before the New Year approached, officials from the San Antonio Department of Health announced that researchers were trying to determine whether the new variant had entered the Biksas County area. So far, no strain has been detected.
This variant may spread more easily; however, Dr. Ramachandrouni said it is not fatal.
Ramachandruni said: “According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, there is currently no evidence that B.1.1.7 causes more serious illness or more deaths.”
Officials said that since the man has been isolated from the outside world since he was told, they are confident that they can control the spread of the new variant.
According to officials, the state has since distributed 4,000 doses of COVID-19 vaccine to the Nueces County area.
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