Illinois well being officers say that just about 7,800 coronavirus instances have been linked to varied variants of the virus, together with greater than 5,100 instances involving a more-contagious pressure of the virus that originated in the UK.
In line with the Illinois Division of Public Well being, the state has recognized 5,188 instances of the B.1.1.7 variant of the virus in the course of the pandemic. That variant, which has been proven in research to unfold extra quickly than different strains, was first recognized in Dec. 2020 in the USA, and was initially detected within the UK.
Whereas the UK pressure is the first variant presently recognized in Illinois, the P.1 variant, which originated in Brazil, is turning into extra prevalent as effectively. In line with officers, 1,967 COVID instances are tied to the variant, which was first detected in the USA in January.
Officers say that roughly 504 instances of coronavirus have been tied to the B.1.427 and B.1.429 variants of the virus, which is believed to have originated in California final yr. One other 94 instances are linked to the B.1.351 variant, which is believed to have originated in South Africa in Oct. 2020 and was first detected within the U.S. in January.
Whereas the strains are totally different, scientists say that the majority are believed to unfold extra rapidly than the unique COVID-19 variant, and that some might doubtlessly trigger extra critical well being points. Vaccines have been proven to be largely efficient in opposition to the variants, however officers warn that continued unfold of variants might decelerate reopening efforts as a result of rising COVID statistics.
The state updates case totals for every of the variants each Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday.