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Los Angeles becomes first county with over 1MILLION Covid cases as cops bust three more secret 'super-spreader' parties
LOS Angeles has become the first county to log over one million Covid cases, as cops have busted three more "super-spreader" parties in one day.
LA County has now also reported its first case of the new, super-contagious variant of the virus, which was first detected in the UK.
The variant, B117, had already been detected elsewhere in California, in San Diego and San Bernardino counties, as well as 14 other states across the US.
The strain does not appear to be more dangerous, but does spread easier, which is extremely dangerous as the county is already overrun with Covid cases.
“The presence of the UK variant in Los Angeles County is troubling, as our healthcare system is already severely strained with more than 7,500 people currently hospitalized,” LA's public health director Barbara Ferrer said in a statement.
Ferrer went on to went on to note that the recent surge in cases, hospitalizations and deaths – which public health experts say was fueled in part by the holiday season – is "five times what we experienced over the summer."
The county surpassed the 1million cases mark on Saturday, when it recorded 13,291 new cases as well as 237 deaths, according to the Los AngelesTimes.
The total number of cases recorded in the county hit 1,003,923 as of Saturday night.
The skyrocketing case loads come as the LA Sheriff's Department continues to crack down on parties, as the state remains on a strict lockdown.
On Thursday night alone, the LASD arrested a total of 137 people at three different locations, according to KABC-TV.
The department created a Super-Spreader Task Force to target large, indoor parties that violate the county's Covid regulations.
Last week, the task force busted a swingers party in a warehouse, where dozens of party-goers were ushered outside wearing sheets and given citations.
Cases continue to skyrocket across the US, as the nation rushes to get people vaccinated against the virus.
So far, there have been about 23.6million Covid cases recorded in the US, and more than 393,000 people have died from the virus.
California leads the nation in cases and deaths, with 2.9million cases to date, and nearly 33,000 deaths.
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