San Diego health officials say there are now a total of 32 cases total of new COVID-19 variant first found in the UK.
The 24 newly confirmed patients are believed to have no travel history and to have come from 19 different households spread around different suburbs across the county.
On December 30, California Governor Gavin Newsom announced that the COVID-19 variant, originally found in the UK and then in Colorado, had been detected in Southern California.
"The detection of the first case of this United Kingdom variant strain in California is concerning,” said CHHS Secretary Mark Ghaly. “As we learn more about how this patient contracted this strain, I want to stress the importance of continuing our mitigation efforts to prevent COVID-19 and this new strain. This includes masks, physical distance, and during this current surge in California, staying at home and not mixing outside households, and not traveling.”
“The virus is becoming more fit, and we’re like a deer in the headlights,” warned Dr. Eric Topol, head of Scripps Research Translational Institute.
No patients have died.