'First case of highly contagious mutant Covid strain confirmed in US' as experts fear rapid spread

THE first case of a highly contagious mutant Covid-19 strain has been confirmed in United States as experts are now fearing a rapid spread.

Colorado Governor Jared Polis and State Public Health Officials made the announcement on Tuesday afternoon.


Polis wrote to Twitter: "Today we discovered Colorado’s first case of the COVID-19 variant B.1.1.7, the same variant discovered in the UK.

"The health and safety of Coloradans is our top priority and we will monitor this case, as well as all COVID-19 indicators, very closely."

Alongside the tweet was an announcement of the new discovery – which revealed the infected individual is a man in his 20s.

The man – who has no known close contacts – is "currently in isolation in Elbert County and has no travel history."

He will remain in isolation until he is cleared.

According to the report, the case was confirmed by the Colorado State Laboratory and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) was immediately notified.

An investigation is now underway by public health officials – and contact tracing interviews will be conducted to find other potential cases.

"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," Polis' public statement read.

"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. We are working to prevent spread and contain the virus at all levels."

He added: "I want to thank our scientists and dedicated medical professionals for their swift work and ask Coloradans to continue our efforts to prevent disease transmission by wearing masks, standing six feet apart when gathering with others, and only interacting with members of their immediate household."

Police and state officials are set to have a Wednesday morning press conference to further discuss the case.

The frightening news comes as at least 335,830 people have died from the coronavirus across the United States.

Meanwhile, the US has had at least 19,340,548 confirmed coronavirus cases since the start of the pandemic.

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