On January 28 local time, South Carolina health officials said that the new coronavirus variant found in South Africa was the first case of infection in the United States. There are two confirmed cases in South Carolina.
The South Carolina Department of health and environmental control (DHEC) said the two cases did not appear to be related, and the infected person had no recent travel records.
Dr. krutka & middot; kupaley, an infectious disease doctor at South Carolina Medical University in Charleston, said the situation was terrible because it meant there could be more undetected cases in South Carolina.
Dr. brennon & middot; traxler, interim public health director, Department of health and environmental control, South Carolina, said in a statement that the mutated new coronavirus is now proliferating in other countries, indicating that the fight against the deadly virus is far from over;. &ldquo: Although the novel coronavirus pneumonia vaccine is coming, the vaccine supply is still limited. ”
The South Carolina government said the two people infected with the mutant virus were adults, one from the low country in South Carolina and the other from the pee Dee area. Other information was not disclosed in order to protect the privacy of patients.
The new coronavirus is constantly mutating and spreading around the world. The mutated viruses found in Britain and Brazil have been confirmed in the United States before. The researchers believe that variants of the three new coronaviruses may be easier to spread and predict that it is only a matter of time before they appear in the United States.
Earlier this week, Minnesota health officials announced the first case in the United States of a new variant of coronavirus found in Brazil from a recent tourist to Brazil. It is reported that the virus has appeared in more than six countries. The new coronavirus variant found in South Africa has appeared in at least 30 countries.