CONNECTICUT – The state Department of Public Health has identified another 21 cases of the UK variant of the coronavirus. The new cases bring the total of variant cases identified in Connecticut to 63.
The test samples were taken between February 3 and 17 and involved people between the ages of 5 and 80.
People infected with the variant are from the following cities:
- Bridgeport (1)
- Guilford (1)
- Hamden (1)
- Meriden (1)
- New Haven (12)
- Stamford (2)
- Wallingford (1)
- West Haven (2)
The UK variant is believed to spread more easily and quickly than other variants of the virus, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. A study in the UK found that the variant carried a higher risk of death compared to others, but additional studies are needed to confirm the findings, according to the CDC.
Connecticut reported 787 new coronavirus cases and a 2.22 percent daily positive test rate on Friday.
Coronavirus-related hospitalizations continued the downward trend with a decline from 34 patients to 451 hospitalized for the virus.
Eight more deaths were reported Friday, bringing the statewide total to 7,622.