Cases are on the rise in New Jersey of the highly-contagious coronavirus variant that was first found in the UK.
Officers have recorded 31 cases of the B-117 mutation in 11 counties in the Backyard State, Division of Well being Commissioner Judy Persichilli mentioned Monday.
Twelve of these cases are in Ocean County and three of the entire sufferers had a recognized journey historical past, Persichilli mentioned.
On Jan. 22, officers had discovered solely two cases in the state. One particular person in New Jersey with “important underlying well being circumstances” died from the variant lower than every week later.
The variant was first detected regionally in New York Metropolis on Jan. 4.
“Will the vaccines work towards the variants we’re listening to about? Effectively, in most cases sure. They’ve been discovered to be excellent at stopping extreme sickness, hospitalization and demise,” Persichilli mentioned.
Governor Murphy introduced a milestone Monday — multiple million doses of COVID-19 vaccinations have now been administered in the state.
The day by day COVID-19 positivity fee was of 8.5 p.c as of Feb. 4 in New Jersey, in response to officers.