January 1 According to foreign media reports, on December 31, 2020, local time, Florida health officials said that there was evidence that the state had found a mutant novel coronavirus case found in the United Kingdom, making Florida the third state in the United States to report cases of mutant virus infection.
The Florida Department of Health said the patient infected with the mutant virus was a man in his 20s in Martin County with no travel history. “The department is working with the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to investigate,” said the Florida Department of Health.
On December 29, 2020, local time, Colorado reported the first case of mutant virus infection in the United States, the patient was a member of the state’s National Guard.
Another member of the Colorado National Guard also contracted the mutant virus, state epidemiologists said on 30th of the same month. On the same day, California also reported the first case of mutant virus infection in the state.
Henry Walker, head of the coronavirus at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, said that the mutant virus is likely to have spread from person to person in the United States.
Infectious disease expert Fauci also said that it is not surprising to find cases of mutant virus infection in California. It is likely that more cases will appear, and other states may soon report the same infection.
According to the statistics of Johns Hopkins University in the United States, as of about 14:23 on January 1, 2021, the cumulative number of confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the United States exceeded 1996 million, and the cumulative number of deaths exceeded 340,000.