US super-coronavirus plague cases rise to 64 as Connecticut becomes eighth state hit by highly contagious UK strain as US records highest one-day death toll of nearly 4,000 and a quarter of a million new cases

At least 64 Americans are now infected with ‘super-covid,’ according to a tally.

Connecticut is the latest struck by the more infectious UK variant with one case in a person who recently traveled to Ireland and another who traveled to New York testing positive. Both people are between 15 and 25 and live in New Haven County.

Texas and Pennsylvania also each reported one first cases on Thursday, while a new federal CDC dashboard shows that Florida’s cases of the highly contagious UK variant have exploded to 22.

The CDC says there may be more US cases than the 52 counted by its database, but that many have been confirmed by the federal agency, according to CNN.

California has at least 34 cases, with a cluster of 32 reported by San Diego County and two infections with the new variant reported by San Bernardino County.

A total of 38 US cases have been identified, including one in each Pennsylvania, Florida, Georgia and New York, two in Colorado and 32 in California, where there is a cluster in San Diego.

At least seven states have cases of the B117 variant, a CDC official told this earlier in this week. Today’s reports from Texas and Pennsylvania bring the state count to seven but the official said it’s likely to crop up in others in the coming weeks.

The Texas case is a person in Harris County who has no recent travel history, suggesting the variant is silently spreading in the county, and perhaps the state.

The Pennsylvania case is a person in Dauphin County who tested positive for the new variant after a ‘known international exposure,’ said Dr Rachel Levine, Secretary of Health for the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania on Thursday.

It comes as the US records its deadliest day on record with nearly 4,000 fatalities reported Wednesday. More than 250,000 new cases were reported yesterday.

Nonetheless, federal authorities have done little to step up efforts to monitor and stem outbreaks of the new variant, which has caused a surge of infections in the UK and sent the nation into its strictest set of lockdowns yet.

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Source: Daily Mail

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