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What Is The B117 Strain? Questions Surround New COVID-19 Variant

What Is The B117 Strain? Questions Surround New COVID-19 Variant”

The new, more contagious coronavirus strain first identified in the United Kingdom is now part of the Georgia case count. It's not now known if the South African strain is present stateside. The county is now working to confirm four additional cases that are directly linked to other already confirmed cases.

Thursday, Texas, Connecticut and Pennsylvania became the three latest states to report cases of the new strain, often called the "UK Variant", as it was first identified in the United Kingdom.

There's also been 17 further deaths from the virus. Those who've tested positive range in age from under 10 to over 70.

To date, there is no exact number of confirmed B.1.1.7 COVID-19 cases in Canada.

Test results will be reported into Ontario's Lab Information System within 48 hours and local public health units will follow up on all positive tests.

"I completely understand the inconvenience and distress this change will cause millions of people and parents up and down the country", Johnson said in an announcement Monday evening.

The variant, known as B.1.1.7, was first identified in a virus sample taken from a San Diego County man in his 30s on December 29 and confirmed a day later and subsequently announced publicly.

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Preliminary data from the World Health Organization and CDC suggests that the B.1.1.7 variant of the virus can spread more easily and quickly than others, though there is now no data to suggest that the new variant is more deadly. It says he man had no travel history and is in isolation at his home.

Current science suggests the vaccines that are now available will protect against newly emerging variants.

"So far it looks like the vaccines will inactivate the new variant virus", said Blatt".

When asked why Ontario's immunization rate is lower than in other provinces and territories, Dr Williams attributed the delay to the size of the population. Citing the rapid spread of the virus through London and surrounding areas, Prime Minister Boris Johnson imposed the country's most stringent lockdown.

A negative COVID-19 test doesn't mean you're in the clear. A similar but separate variant has also been identified in South Africa.

The person is self-isolating and recovering at home.

"With much of our health care community having received their COVID-19 vaccine, the Southeast Health District will now begin scheduling vaccine appointments for those in the expanded definition of Phase 1A", Hadden said.



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