Experts are closely watching how data shows that several different variants of COVID-19 are showing up in Massachusetts.
In Massachusetts, 441 cases of the UK variant, four cases of the Brazil variant and nine cases of the South African variant have been reported, according to data from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The state is sequencing the three variants to see if they are causing an increase in cases in Massachusetts.
“I remain concerned about the latest data and the apparent stagnation that we are seeing in the trajectory of the pandemic,” said CDC Director Dr. Rochelle Walensky. “The decisions we make now will determine what the pandemic will look like in the days and weeks to come.”
Experts have said that the UK variant is likely to become the dominant strain in the country by mid-April.
Despite a growing number of residents getting vaccinated, Massachusetts has seen an increase in COVID-19 cases over the past week. More than 1.1 million people are now fully vaccinated, state data shows.
Vaccines remain effective against these variants, according to experts.
But health experts warn that the overall level of infection in the country remains too high.
“I’m often asked, ‘Are we turning the corner?’ My answer is rather, we are in the corner, “said Dr. Anthony Fauci, chief medical adviser to President Joe Biden.” Whether or not we will turn that corner remains to be seen. “