US records first case of mutant Covid variant running rampant in UK

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The new mutant strain of coronavirus first identified in England has been recorded in America.

The first case of the new variant has been reported by officials in Colorado with a male in his 20s currently in isolation in Elbert County, Washington Post reports.

According to a tweet from the office of Gov. Jared Polis, the patient has no history of travel leading to an investigation as to where he may have contracted the virus.

He wrote: “The individual has no close contacts identified so far but public health officials are working to identify other potential cases and contacts through thorough contact tracing interviews.”

The United States becomes the latest country to detect the more contagious version of the disease with 17 countries including Australia and South Korea, also identifying it.

Unlike the patient in Colorado, most other cases have been found in people who recently travelled from the UK.

The new strain has caused a huge spike in cases across England, particularly in the south but there is no sign of it spreading as quickly overseas.

Responding to the news, the Director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases in the US, Anthony S. Fauci said: "I’m not surprised.

“I think we have to keep an eye on it, and we have to take it seriously. We obviously take any kind of mutation that might have a functional significance seriously.

"But I don’t think we know enough about it to make any definitive statements, except to follow it carefully and study it carefully.”

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