Officials confirm second case of UK variant – Deadline

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.”

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