The highly-infectious Covid-19 variant has entered the US because the state of Colorado reported the primary identified case.
The affected person, a person in his 20s, is at present in isolation. He has no journey historical past.
State well being officers stated they have been working to determine contacts and different potential causes of the brand new variant.
The US has additionally recorded greater than 19 million coronavirus instances and greater than 337,000 deaths.
Consultants say that the brand new variant is extra transmissible than the earlier sorts. However not essentially any extra harmful for these contaminated, consultants say.
US well being officers stated final week that they believed it was already in circulation within the nation.
Colorado governor Jared Polis stated the contaminated affected person was in isolation in Elbert County close to Denver.
He added that public well being officers have been finishing up “a radical investigation”, and no infections had been found amongst shut contacts thus far.
The brand new case got here as President-elect Joe Biden slammed the Trump administration over the distribution of the vaccine.
He had additionally stated that the vaccine drive was the “best operational problem we’ve ever confronted as a nation”.
“The Trump administration’s plan to distribute vaccines is falling far behind,” Mr. Biden stated in a speech on Tuesday. “I’m going to maneuver heaven and earth to get us getting into the correct route.”
President Donald Trump responded in a tweet that it was “as much as the states to distribute the vaccines” as soon as they’d been delivered by the federal authorities.
“We now have not solely developed the vaccines, together with placing up cash to maneuver the method alongside rapidly, however gotten them to the states,” he wrote.
Newly-elected US lawmaker dies from Covid
A newly-elected US lawmaker has handed away attributable to coronavirus.
Republican Luke Letlow, 41, had been elected as Consultant for Louisiana’s fifth district and was attributable to be sworn in on Sunday.
I hope all the folks of Louisiana will be a part of Donna and me in praying for Congressman-elect Letlow’s household, particularly his spouse Julia and their two youngsters, his many pals, and the folks of the fifth Congressional District. #lagov
— John Bel Edwards (@LouisianaGov) December 30, 2020