Dec. 30 (UPI) — Well being officers in San Diego County confirmed Wednesday {that a} 30-year-old man has examined constructive for a brand new variant of COVID-19 that was first detected in the US a day prior.

The person was examined Tuesday following two days of experiencing signs and the outcomes indicated it may very well be the brand new probably extra infectious pressure of COVID-19 first found earlier this month in Britain. It has since been recognized in South Africa, Taiwan, Canada and the US after officers in Colorado on Tuesday confirmed the nation’s first case of the variant.

“The B.1.1.7 pressure is right here, and San Diegans can shield shield themselves in opposition to it by doing the identical issues they’ve been requested to do because the pandemic started,” Eric McDonald, medical director of the County Epidemiology and Immunizations Companies department, mentioned in an announcement. “Everybody ought to keep house and keep away from any gatherings over the New 12 months’s vacation.”

The affected person is presently in isolation, officers mentioned, including that family contacts have been recognized and are being quarantined and examined for the virus.

Nathan Fletcher, San Diego County supervisor, instructed reporters throughout a press convention that as a result of the person has no historical past of journey they consider “this isn’t an remoted case.”

The variant of the virus first found in Britain doesn’t appear to induce extra extreme signs in these contaminated nevertheless it does seem to unfold “significantly sooner,” he mentioned.

The invention got here because the county, together with the state, battles escalating instances.

On Wednesday, San Diego reported greater than 2,500 new infections, a virtually 2% enhance from the day prior, in keeping with county well being information. A complete of 150,000 instances have be recognized in San Diego.

Because of the discovery of the brand new pressure, climbing instances and tapped well being sources, it’s extra essential for residents to heed the federal government’s warnings to remain house in the course of the vacation season, Fletcher mentioned.

“Due to all of those elements, we proceed to encourage the general public and plead with the general public please come collectively, particularly over the subsequent 72 hours within the New 12 months’s vacation, to please observe the general public well being orders,” he mentioned.

Earlier, Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the Nationwide Institute of Allergy and Infectious Illnesses, instructed Gov. Gavin Newsom in a press convention that he is not shocked California confirmed the pressure’s presence and he expects different states to take action shortly.

Given the diploma of its unfold in Britain and the quantity of journey between the European nation and the US and thru different international locations in between, its arrival was anticipated, he mentioned.

“I do not assume Californians ought to really feel that that is one thing odd — it’s one thing that is anticipated,” he mentioned.

California is the sickest state within the sickest nation on the earth to the pandemic, reporting greater than 2.2 million instances and practically 25,000 deaths, in keeping with information from the federal government of California.

A dwell tracker of the virus by Johns Hopkins College confirmed early Thursday that the US had 19.7 million infections and 342,000 deaths to the virus.