First case of the P1 ‘Brazilian’ COVID variant found in New Haven


NEW HAVEN, Conn. (WTNH) — Governor Ned Lamont announced in a Thursday COVID press briefing the first case of the P1 COVID variant was spotted in New Haven.

According to the governor, the first case of the variant that has spread in Brazil was found in a New Haven resident. Officials say the variant was recognized on March 1.

On March 22, New York state confirmed their first case of the P.1 variant.

There are about 50 cases of the Brazil variant nationwide.

Related: CT’s COVID-19 positivity rate increases to 2.76%; hospitalizations down by 18; 15 additional virus-related deaths

Officials released the most recent data on Thursday regarding the COVID variants:

  • B.1.1.7: 283 cases
  • B.1.351: 7 case
  • P.1: 1 case
  • P.1.427: 1 case
  • P.1.429: 3 cases

The B.1.1.7 variant was first detected in the United Kingdom; the B.1.351 variant was first detected in South Africa; the P.1. variant was first detected in Brazil; and the P.1.427 and P.1.429 variants were both first detected in California.

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