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The United States fears that the new strain of covid-19 will push its hospital pressure to the limit


A healthcare worker at the LAC USC #Medical #Center examines a person in #Los #Angeles, #California, USA.

The #United #States health authorities expressed on #Wednesday their fear that the arrival of the new strain of covid-19 will push hospital pressure to the limit that is already skyrocketing in the country, while They recognized that the vaccination campaign is being slower than expected.

A day after the first case of the new, more contagious strain of covid-19 was detected in #Colorado, the authorities of that state assured that they are investigating a possible second contagion of that variety of covid-19.

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POSSIBLE SECOND CASE OF THE BRITISH STRAIN

“#We are aware of a confirmed case and another possible case with the B.1.1.7 variant of the virus”, #British, #Colorado’s top epidemiologist, #Dr. #Rachel #Herlihy, said at a news conference on #Wednesday.

#Both the confirmed case and the suspect have been registered in #Colorado #National #Guard soldiers who were sent on #December 23 to a nursing home in the town of #Simla, in that state, with the aim of reinforcing its personnel.

#It is not clear if the soldiers contracted the disease at the residence, where there was a #Covid-19 outbreak this month that infected 20 of the 24 employees and 26 elderly residents, but authorities are “exploring all possibilities,” #Herlihy explained.

#When the two soldiers, who are now isolated and have not recently traveled abroad, arrived at the residence, “#Most of the cases associated with the outbreak had occurred a long time ago,” and both tested positive the day after they arrived, the doctor said.

#Colorado #Governor #Jared #Polis, a #Democrat, said #Wednesday that those in his state are probably not the first cases of the #British strain to reach the #United #States, although they are the first to be detected.

“This is unlikely to be the first person with the variant here in the #United #States. There are probably many, particularly in the northeast. “ of the country, said #Polis.

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The fact that the first person infected with that strain had not traveled abroad “suggests that this variant has been transmitted from person to person in the #United #States,” #Dr. #Henry #Walke acknowledged on #Wednesday.

OVERLOAD IN HOSPITALS

The arrival of the #British strain “was to be expected,” but it is concerning, added #Walke, who is the manager of covid-19-related incidents at the US #Centers for #Disease #Control and #Prevention (CDC). ).

A worker cares for a patient with covid-19
A worker cares for a patient with covid-19

“#As this variant spreads more quickly, it could lead to more cases and further strain our health care systems, which already face a huge burden,” #Walke warned in a telephone press conference.

#Hospitals in the #United #States are already in a critical situation and this #Wednesday they registered a new record of hospitalizations for covid-19, with 125,220 patients admitted for the disease, according to the #Covid #Tracking #Project platform.

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The #North #American country is going through one of its worst streaks of the pandemic and this #Wednesday it reached a new record of daily deaths from covid-19, with 3,927 in a single day, according to the independent count from #Johns #Hopkins #University.

SLOW IN VACCINATION

#Experts believe things will get even worse in the coming weeks, and the only silver lining for many #Americans is the start of the nation’s vaccination campaign two weeks ago.

#However, only 2.1 million people have received the vaccine so far, just 10% of the 20 million people that the government of the outgoing #President, #Donald #Trump, estimated would be vaccinated before the end of #December.

“#We are aware that this number is lower than we expected, and we are working hard to improve it”, #Moncef #Slaoui, main adviser of #Operation “Warp #Speed”, the #White #House team that tries to accelerate medical solutions to the pandemic, said in statements to the press this #Wednesday.

#Hours after UK regulators approved the #AstraZeneca vaccine, making it the first country in the world to do so, #Slaoui predicted that the #United #States could approve that serum “sometime in #April.”

(#With information from EFE)

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#California confirmed a case of the new strain of coronavirus that emerged in the #United #Kingdom

#Experts from the US warned that the emergence of more covid-19 strains is expected but that “it is unlikely” that they will affect the effectiveness of vaccines





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