The Health Department of New Mexico announced the second B117 COVID-19 variant case in the state. As per the Health Department, the new case is a proximate household contact caused due to the first case which was announced recently on 13 January.
The department reports that the patient is a female, who is in her 30s, witnessed mild symptoms of the virus and does not need hospitalization yet. There are no further close contacts on the outside of household identified until now.
The health officials say that the B117 coronavirus variant had first emerged last September in the United Kingdom and right now, there isn’t any evidence that it causes more serious illnesses or death risk or poses an impact upon the COVID-19 vaccine’s effectiveness.
Study suggests that the B117 as well as the other coronavirus emerging variants seem to spread quickly and easily than the earlier variants and might cause more COVID-19 cases. The CDC warns that the B117 variant could boost outbreaks in the US and pushes quick vaccination as well as more compliance with the mitigation tactics that include physical distancing, wearing face masks and avoiding social gathering and crowds.
The Health Department of New Mexico encourages all the residents of the state to register for COVID-19 vaccine immediately.