Instances of extra transmissible variant of UK COVID-19 up 36% in Illinois: officers | Chicago Information
Twenty-five extra instances of a variant of COVID-19 first found within the UK and believed to be extra transmissible have been found in Illinois over the previous seven days, based on knowledge launched Thursday by the Division of Illinois Public Well being.
In all, 94 instances involving the variant, often known as B.1.1.7, have been present in COVID-19 constructive check samples from Illinois since Jan.15, officers stated.
That is a 36% enhance since March 4, knowledge exhibits.
Previously seven days, officers have additionally recognized one other case of the P.1 variant first found in Brazil, which can be believed to be extra transmissible. The primary case of the P.1 variant was found in Cook dinner County on Friday.
Moreover, Illinois officers have reported a second case of the variant first found in South Africa, often known as B.1.351. The primary case of this variant was confirmed by the Facilities for Illness Management and Prevention in a Rock Island resident on February 11, based on the IDPH.
The COVID-19 virus – often known as SARS-CoV-2 – is consistently altering by mutation, and new variants of a virus are anticipated to look over time, officers stated.
State and native well being officers stated it was not stunning that the variants have been found in Chicago and Illinois, however urged residents to proceed to put on masks, follow social distancing and get vaccinated when potential.
The info means that present vaccines can be efficient and secure in offering safety in opposition to the South African and British variant, whereas additional research is required on the Brazilian variant, officers stated.
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