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 government said the two people infected with the mutant virus were adults, one from the lowlands of South Carolina and the other from the pee Dee area.
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. krutika kuppalli, an infectious disease doctor at the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston, said: ‘this is a terrible situation because it means there may be more undetected cases in South Carolina.
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 new coronavirus variant found in South Africa has appeared in at least 30 countries. 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.