Los Angeles public health officials confirmed a second case of Covid-19 variant B.1.1.7 just weeks after identifying the first case in the county on January 16.
Officials believe B.1.1.7, which was first discovered in the UK, is already spreading throughout the county and is more contagious than the first strain of coronavirus. The news of the second case B.1.1.7 comes as public health also confirms 6,918 new cases of Covid-19 as 316 new deaths.
The latest tally brings Los Angeles County to a total of 1,111,089 positive cases and 16,647 deaths, officials reported on Saturday. The latest statistics also come a day after authorities lifted the ban on al fresco dining, following Gov. Gavin Newson’s statewide stay-at-home orders being lifted.
“Because some sectors have reopened, that does not mean that the risk of community transmission has disappeared; it doesn’t, and each of us must make very careful choices about what and how we do it, ”said Barbara Ferrer, Los Angeles director of public health. “This virus is powerful and we are now concerned about the variants and their significance in our region.”
Daily COVID-19 Update:
January 30, 2021
New cases: 6,918 (1,111,089 to date)
New deaths: 316 (16,647 to date)
Current hospitalizations: 5,669 pic.twitter.com/RnJjo0Zom4
– LA Public health (@lapublichealth) January 31, 2021
Public Health Confirms Second Case Of British Coronavirus Variant In LA County; Identifies four additional cases of MIS-C. 316 new deaths and 6,918 new confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Los Angeles County. View https://t.co/vSqJWEReFF for more information. pic.twitter.com/qSP7xSA2gM
– LA Public health (@lapublichealth) January 30, 2021