The UK’s ‘super Covid’ variant is now the dominant form of coronavirus in the U.S., White House officials revealed on Wednesday.
UK’s ‘super-Covid’ is Now DOMINANT in the US, CDC says, as variants are blamed for cases spiking more than 10% over two weeks in states like Michigan and Florida
- Dr Rochelle Walensky announced Wednesday the UK’s B117 variant is now the most common type of coronavirus in the US
- The variant has been reported in all 50 U.S. states and two territories
- B117 is thought to be 50-70% more infectious, and as much as 64% deadlier
- New York, Michigan, Florida, Pennsylvania and New Jersey together reported 44 percent of new infections in the US over the past seven days
- Those five states – which have 22 percent of the US population – accounted for nearly 197,500 cases out of more than 452,000 reported nationwide
- US recorded 61,775 new Covid infection on Tuesday. The 7-day rolling average continues to hover around 65,000 new cases a day
- Daily deaths remain below 1,000 with 915 recorded yesterday – but the 7-day rolling average of fatalities rose for the first time in a week, to 790
- The heavy concentration has prompted some experts to call for President Joe Biden’s administration to ship additional vaccine doses to those places
Nearly half of Tuesday’s new coronavirus infections nationwide are in just five states – a situation that is putting pressure on the federal government to consider changing how it distributes vaccines by sending more doses to hot spots.
New York, Michigan, Florida, Pennsylvania and New Jersey together reported 44 percent of the nation’s new COVID-19 infections, or nearly 197,500 new cases, in the latest available seven-day period, according to state health agency data compiled by Johns Hopkins University.
Governor Gretchen Whitmer has blamed the rise of cases in Michigan largely on the state’s high prevalence of the UK variant there…