New strain from the UK arrives in the US and Chile

This is a 20-year-old young man who lives in Colorado and has no travel history, while the other infected person, in Chile, is a woman who arrived on a flight from Spain.

The new strain of Covid-19 recently found in the United Kingdom , and which is characterized by being highly contagious , has arrived in the United States and  Chile this Tuesday.

According to Jared Polis, Governor of Colorado , the person infected with the new SARS-COV-2 mutation is a 20-year-old man, who has been isolated in Elbert County and who has no travel history, while the other person is a 30-year-old Chilean woman , who arrived in her country on a flight from Spain , but had previously been in London.

In the case of the young American, it is a case detected in the Colorado state laboratory, and immediately the managers of the place notified the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC, for its acronym in English) so that Investigate the case while the man recovers in isolation.

So far, the authorities have mentioned that no close contacts have been reported, however, they anticipated that they are working to identify other possible infections through tracking interviews.

“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,” Polis said.

First case in Latin America

For their part, the Chilean authorities also reported this day the first case of the new strain found in the United Kingdom , and that it would be the first contagion located in Latin America.

It is about a woman who recently was in Great Britain and traveled back to her country on a commercial flight, from Madrid on December 21.

According to the Secretary of Health, Pula Daza, the woman took a flight in the interior of the country, and went to Temuco, a region that is 700 kilometers south of Santiago.

In that sense, the woman was admitted to a hospital in her commune, like her relatives and closest contacts, because two days after arriving from Europe it was detected that she was positive for Covid-19, and knowing that in days In the past days it had arrived from Britain, doctors decided to use a sample to find out if it was the new variant , which is up to 70 percent more contagious than the one that originally emerged.

After detecting this case, the Chilean authorities decided to take stricter measures and closed the air terminals that come from Great Britain, as well as foreigners who have been in that country in the previous weeks.

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