Second Case Of COVID-19 Variant Detected In Mass.

Henrietta Brewer
January 20, 2021

The Massachusetts Department of Public Health reported another 4,283 confirmed cases of COVID-19 Sunday, bringing the state's total number of confirmed cases to 448,311.

MA has confirmed its first case of a variant coronavirus originally discovered in the United Kingdom, health officials said Sunday evening.

The first MA person to get B.1.1.7 is a Boston woman in her 20s.

Bharel said the case of the B.1.1.7 variant was discovered by the Massachusetts Public Health Laboratory, but she did not offer further details.

Experts believe that the antibodies triggered by the COVID vaccine still prevent the new variant from attaching to cells, injecting its genome and replicating. Following an interview with health agents, people the woman came in contact with are being notified and encouraged to get tested.

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said the variant is about 50 percent more contagious than the other strain that is now causing the bulk of cases in this country.

The state DPH reported another 67 deaths among COVID-19 cases in Massachusetts Sunday, upping the state's confirmed coronavirus death toll to 13,372.

Nationwide, there have been 23.65 million COVID-19 cases and almost 400,000 deaths reported, the CDC said.

Bharel said that as of Monday 746,250 doses of COVID-19 vaccine had been allocated to MA and 337,333 doses have been administered.

On Friday, the Massachusetts Department of Public Health removed its flu vaccine mandate for students attending public school in the state.

Right now there are 98,476 people in MA with COVID-19.

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