They report 718 new cases of covid-19, including 5 more new mutation B.1.1.7, and 24 deaths

Dallas County Health and Human Services reported 718 new coronavirus cases and 26 deaths Wednesday. Of these cases, five are of the B.1.1.7 mutation, known as the variant of British origin.

In total, the pandemic has led to 246,627 and 3,044 deaths since March 2020.

The report also indicates a reduction in cases in nursing homes, with 65 active outbreaks.

In terms of hospitalizations, there were 417 covid-19 patients in intensive care and 396 people made it to emergency rooms in the last 24 hours.

Judge Clay Jenkins indicated that the British variant is 70% more contagious and nine cases are already counted, although the number is estimated to be much higher.

The county had 100,346 vaccinations in Fair Park on Wednesday.

The county also announced that it began vaccinations at The Theater at Grand Prairie, as part of a collaboration with the cities of Irving and Grand Prairie.

“Keep checking in with Dallas County and anywhere you want to drive,” Jenkins said.

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