Medical workers study a affected person affected by coronavirus within the COVID-19 intensive care unit (ICU) at United Memorial Medical Middle on November 16, 2020 in Houston, Texas.
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Texas public well being officers introduced on Thursday that they’ve recognized the state’s first case of a brand new, extra contagious variant of the coronavirus that was initially found in the UK.
The affected person, a person between the ages of 30 and 40 with no latest journey historical past, was found in Harris County, house to Houston, the county’s public well being division mentioned in a press release. The person was isolating and in steady situation, and native infectious illness specialists are tracing all of his contacts to seek out and monitor different individuals he could have uncovered to the virus.
The pressure, which has additionally been discovered in California, Georgia, New York, Florida and Colorado, is regarded as extra transmissible however does not seem to make individuals extra in poor health or improve the chance of dying from Covid-19, specialists have mentioned.
Earlier on Thursday, Pennsylvania well being authorities mentioned they recognized their state’s first case with the brand new variant, often known as B.1.1.7.
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