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South African and Brazilian COVID-19 Variants Discovered In Los Angeles – LA Weekly

L.A. Public Well being introduced that it was detected one case of the South African and three circumstances of the Brazilian COVID-19 variants.

Each variants often known as  B.1.351 and P.1, elevated COVID-19 transmission of their respective nations and have been “prone to sure therapeutics.”

“Though these are the primary reported circumstances of the South African and Brazilian variant in L.A. County, it’s seemingly there are extra undetected/undiagnosed circumstances,” L.A. Public Well being mentioned in a press launch.

Whereas these are the primary circumstances reported in L.A. County, there have been 33 circumstances of the Brazilian variant and 10 circumstances of the South African variant reported in different components of California, together with a minimum of 4 others from the U.Ok., India, New York and one first found in California.

The Los Angeles County Division of Public Well being continues to check for the variants and of the 70 specimen studied this week, 64% discovered the U.Ok. variant, whereas 20% had been of the California variant.

Regardless of the invention of the brand new variants, COVID-19 transmission numbers proceed to drop in L.A. County. In March, the typical variety of COVID-19 associated deaths fell by 86%.

As of Wednesday, L.A. County recorded 552 hospitalizations a steep decline over the very best common recorded on January 7, with 8,046.

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