Maryland Governor Larry Hogan said Saturday that an adult who lives in the Baltimore City area has been infected. He has not made any recent long-distance trips.
Experts believe this confirms the assumption that the strain is spreading among U.S. residents.
Rochelle Walenski, head of the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in the United States, said Friday that the South African strain of the coronavirus is now likely to spread in the country. The CDC earlier said there is no evidence yet that the virus strain in question causes a more severe illness than others.
Anthony Fauci, director of the U.S. National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, noted that available vaccines may be less effective against the “South African” strain.
More than 25.9 million cases of the coronavirus have been identified in the United States and more than 437,700 people have died, according to Johns Hopkins University, which does the calculations based on federal and local government information. The country ranks first in the world on both counts.