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New corona variant found in 8 US states

10 January, 2021 12:00 AM printer

WASHINGTON: A new, more infectious strain of the coronavirus has now spread to at least eight US states, official data showed Friday, as the country logged a record new daily virus caseload, reports AFP.

The B117 coronavirus strain, which emerged in Britain late last year, has been shown to be between 40 and 70 percent more contagious than variants which have spread previously.

Data from the US Centers for Disease Control (CDC) showed Friday that the strain—first reported in the US last week—has been detected in eight states, with California and Florida the worst affected. The strain has also been found in Colorado, Texas, New York, Georgia, Connecticut and Pennsylvania, in a total of 63 cases.

Top US infectious disease expert Anthony Fauci told Newsweek on Wednesday that the variant may be “more widespread in the United States than we are currently detecting it to be”.