First Known US Case of New CCP Virus Strain Confirmed in Colorado

A new, potentially more contagious strain of the CCP virus that causes COVID-19 was confirmed in Colorado—the first time it’s been detected in the United States, according to health officials.

Health officials in the state informed the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) about the strain, discovering it in a man in his 20s in Elbert County. Authorities said the man doesn’t have a history of travel.

The variant, B.1.1.7, is the same as the one discovered in the United Kingdom, according to officials.



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“There is a lot we don’t know about this new Covid-19 variant, but scientists in the United Kingdom are warning the world that it is significantly more contagious,” Colorado Gov. Jared Polis said in a statement Dec. 29. “The health and safety of Coloradans is our top priority and we will closely monitor this case, as well as all COVID-19 indicators, very closely.”

UK authorities said the new variant of the CCP (Chinese Communist Party) virus is the reason for the increase in infection rates in London and southeastern England, adding that it’s more easily transmitted than previously identified strains of the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus. They said there’s no evidence that the variant makes people sicker.

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