Gavin Newsom from California said the state on Tuesday discovered the first variants of the virus in New York in Southern California. He did not specify where the cases were found.
The New York variant has spread rapidly in recent days, with more than 700 cases – mostly on the East Coast – confirmed since it was first discovered in November. Like other varieties, the New York variety is also believed to be more easily transmitted from person to person, but federal authorities including Dr. Anthony Fauci has warned that the variant may be more resistant to current COVID vaccines.
While Newmal painted a rosy picture of California’s work controlling the spread of Covid-19, he again preached continued vigilance and mask science, despite Texas and Mississippi lifting such mandates, noting that another virus variant has been found in the state.
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“We’re making progress, but it’s … not mission accomplished,” Newsom said during a visit to Long Beach. “And when we move over the next 90 to 100 days to get to where the president and others have assured us that we want to be – and that’s a framework for abundance when it comes to vaccines, we’re starting faster. to reopen our businesses and our schools – we need to be aware of these variants. ”
“Therefore, it is important and obligatory that we do not put on guard, in addition, we remove our masks, as it concerns the treatment of the transmissibility of this disease, which still takes thousands of lives every single day – hundreds of lives lost every single day. here in the state of California, ”said Newsom. “It is a deadly disease. It does not take spring break. It has not taken a day off since this time last year.
When Newsom spoke, Los Angeles County Public Health Director Barbara Ferrer omitted any mention of the NY variant as she ran through the list of those playing in the region.
Ferrer said the county had seen an almost doubling of the (still small) number of cases detected in UK variants, one case of the Brazilian variant, no case of the South African variant and most importantly 239 cases of the so-called West Coast variants. She noted that 239 were out of 679 samples tested.
“We want to defeat it. We turn proverbs. We do, but please let us be vigilant as we work our way through and come to the flock’s immunity. ”
Newsom noted that per. On Wednesday, the test positivity rate in the state dropped to 2.2%, noting that there are “only a few states in America with lower positivity rates than California.”
City News Service contributed to this report.