Sunday ended the deadliest week for the novel coronavirus in South Carolina, state estimates present.
Twenty-three new deaths from COVID-19 have been confirmed on Sunday, with greater than 460 deaths confirmed prior to now seven days alone — making final week the deadliest for the novel virus within the state up to now, information from the state’s well being division present.
Overall, South Carolina has seen greater than 6,300 deaths for the reason that begin of the pandemic, information present.
Additionally, the state noticed greater than 2,600 new instances of the novel virus confirmed Sunday, bringing the whole variety of confirmed instances to over 396,000.
The tendencies seen in South Carolina appear to echo these throughout the nation, with latest estimates from Johns Hopkins University displaying that January has been the deadliest month for the U.S. for the reason that pandemic started practically a yr in the past.
The information comes after South Carolina final week confirmed the nation’s first instances of a worrisome coronavirus variant first recognized in South Africa.
Two instances of the variant, referred to as B.1.351, have been recognized in two residents with no latest journey historical past, suggesting they have been regionally acquired.
Health officers in a information launch mentioned they have been contacted by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) after genome sequencing of a South Carolina pattern was discovered to be the variant.
“The arrival of the SARS-CoV-2 variant in our state is a vital reminder to all South Carolinians that the struggle in opposition to this lethal virus is much from over,” mentioned South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC) Interim Public Health Director, Dr. Brannon Traxler, on the time.
Over the weekend, Maryland grew to become the second state within the nation to substantiate its first case of the variant.
The case was confirmed in a Baltimore resident with no overseas journey historical past, which suggests the variant is probably going circulating locally, Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan’s workplace mentioned.
While consultants have mentioned that the South African variant is extra transmissible than COVID-19, they don’t assume that it’s extra virulent, which means it isn’t extra prone to trigger extra extreme sickness.
Experts have additionally careworn that present coronavirus vaccines will doubtless stay efficient in opposition to the variant, with Moderna — its COVID-19 jab was the second to see emergency approval within the U.S. — expressing confidence in its vaccine’s means to stay efficient in opposition to rising strains of the virus, together with the South African variant and a separate variant first recognized within the United Kingdom, following outcomes from a yet-to-be peer-reviewed examine.
Fox News’ Kayla Rivas and Alexandria Hein contributed to this report.