The listing of states to determine the harmful new coronavirus variant is rising.
Texas, Connecticut and Pennsylvania confirmed their first instances on Thursday, becoming a member of California, Colorado, Georgia, Florida and New York.
Florida has not less than 22 confirmed instances, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. California has reported not less than 26.
Consultants have warned that the United States is woefully ill-equipped to trace the rapidly transmissible variant. And not using a strong, nationwide system to determine genetic variations of the coronavirus, states are left on their very own to determine the variant.
The Texas Division of Well being and Human Providers mentioned an grownup male resident of Harris County, which incorporates Houston, with no historical past of journey examined optimistic for the coronavirus. Genetic sequencing this week confirmed that the an infection was brought on by the variant.
“The truth that this particular person had no journey historical past suggests this variant is already circulating in Texas,” Dr. John Hellerstedt, the commissioner of state well being companies, said in a statement. “It’s not shocking that it confirmed up right here given how quickly it spreads.”
Dr. Hellerstedt urged Texans to “redouble our dedication” to social distancing and public well being measures.
In Connecticut, Gov. Ned Lamont mentioned two individuals between 15 and 25 years old had examined optimistic for the variant. Each had traveled exterior of the state, he mentioned, one to Eire and the opposite to New York. Genetic sequencing confirmed the instances are unrelated.
Pennsylvania additionally reported that its case was due to international exposure.
Final month, Britain turned the primary nation to determine the brand new variant, which is now surging there and burdening its hospitals with new instances. Now, the variant has been recognized in not less than 33 international locations, together with Britain. Dr. Hans Kluge, the World Well being Group’s regional director for Europe, known as the unfold of the variant throughout the continent “an alarming scenario.”
“With out elevated management to gradual its unfold, there will probably be an elevated affect on already careworn and pressurized well being services,” Dr. Kluge said at a briefing on Thursday, warning that the variant could, over time, “exchange different circulating lineages” because it has in Britain.
Dr. Kluge urged international locations to proceed to analyze transmission, improve genetic sequencing and to share knowledge.