HONOLULU (AP) — Hawaii’s governor has mentioned he’s cautious about loosening air journey restrictions for individuals who have obtained a coronavirus vaccine, whereas stressing that new virus variants aren’t widespread within the state.
Democratic Gov. David Ige mentioned Monday that researchers are nonetheless unclear about whether or not the vaccine hampers virus transmission.
“Till the science (tells) us that those that are vaccinated can not carry the virus and, I believe most vital, don’t transmit it to different individuals, I believe it will be irresponsible to say that these vaccinated can journey about freely,” Ige mentioned.
Ige’s feedback contradicted Lt. Gov. Josh Inexperienced, who mentioned final week that adjustments might be in retailer for Hawaii’s Secure Travels program for individuals who present they’ve been vaccinated.
This system requires guests and returning residents to obtain coronavirus checks earlier than arrival to keep away from a compulsory 10-day quarantine.
New variants of the virus have been confirmed in Hawaii. However Ige mentioned these strains haven’t turn into prevalent.
The state Division of Well being’s State Laboratories Division on Friday confirmed the presence of B.1.1.7, a extremely transmissible variation first detected in the UK. A second case of the variant was confirmed Saturday, with each circumstances occurring on Oahu.
The L452R variant, first present in Denmark, additionally has been recognized in Hawaii in as much as 10 circumstances, though Ige mentioned it isn’t believed to unfold simpler or be extra debilitating.
The state has been trying to find virus variants for the reason that summer season, Ige mentioned.
“It’s not that we’ve to do one thing totally different. However we might notice that the U.Ok. variant is unquestionably extra transmissible, so if you happen to’re not carrying your masks, otherwise you’re going to occasions with many individuals, then it received’t be lengthy earlier than that turns into the dominant variant right here within the islands,” Ige mentioned.
For most individuals, the coronavirus causes gentle or reasonable signs, akin to fever and cough that clear up in two to 3 weeks. For some — particularly older adults and other people with present well being issues — it will possibly trigger extra extreme sickness, together with pneumonia, and loss of life.