California authorities reported a total of four confirmed cases of the new variant of the virus / Photo: AFP
The new strain of coronavirus was found in a patient from California, near the border with Mexico.
In total, the state reported four cases of variant B.1.1.7, one of which was found in the border area of Otay Mesa, on the border with the Otay Mesa in Tijuana.
It is the first known case between Mexico and the United States.
We believe there are already many more cases of this strain, which will be confirmed in the coming days and weeks, “said San Diego County Director of Epidemiology and Immunization Services, Eric McDonald at a conference.
The four infected with the new strain are men, all are in San Diego County. It is known that one is 30 years old, another 40 and one over 50.
Three of them ruled out travel history.
This strain of the virus has been reported to spread more easily in the UK, so it is crucial that now, more than ever in this pandemic, we follow public health orders and stay safe, ”the specialist warned.
Cases of the new variant have been recorded as California faces the most devastating wave of covid-19 yet.
The California Department of Public Health reported that in San Diego County there were more than 320 beds available for patients with coronavirus this Friday, but there is a lack of health personnel to care for new patients.
Our healthcare workers are overwhelmed with COVID-19 patients and the current trend of increasing hospitalizations from the pandemic is unsustainable, ”stated San Diego County Health Director Barbara Ferrer.
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