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More contagious coronavirus variant found in California, governor says


The more contagious variant of coronavirus has been found in #Southern #California, #Gov. #Gavin #Newsom#Gavin #NewsomBeverly #Hills restaurant apologizes for distributing invites to indoor ‘speakeasy’ dining amid state ban #Campaign to recall #Newsom gets first six-figure donations 2020’s historic firsts and what to watch in the new year MORE (D) said #Wednesday.

#Newsom made the announcement at the beginning of a livestreamed conversation with #Anthony #Fauci#Anthony #FauciBiden offers sober warning of road ahead on coronavirus #Fauci: ‘I have not’ thought about running for office #Fauci: #You ‘have to assume’ pandemic is going to get worse MORE, the government’s top infectious disease expert, and did not provide details on the case, other than saying it is in #Southern #California.

The development comes after #Colorado officials announced on #Tuesday the first confirmed U.S. case of the new variant, which was first identified in the #United #Kingdom.

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#Colorado has announced one confirmed case and one possible case, meaning #California could have the third known case in the U.S.

#But #Fauci said in the conversation with #Newsom that it is not a surprise, and he expects additional cases of the new variant will soon be reported in other states as well.

“I’m not surprised that you have a case and likely more cases in #California, and we likely will be seeing reports from other states,” he said.

#Fauci offered reassurance that while the new variant does appear to be more transmissible, it does not appear to cause more severe disease, or evade the protection from vaccines.

“There’s no indication at all that it increases the virulence,” #Fauci said, while noting that the #National #Institutes of #Health and other labs are closely studying it for more information.

The announcement comes as #Southern #California has been hit particularly hard by the virus and hospitals there face tremendous strain.

#Health officials are urging people to practice the same precautions against the new variant of the virus, including wearing a mask, avoiding indoor gatherings with other households, maintaining distance, and washing hands.

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https://thehill.com/policy/healthcare/532153-more-contagious-coronavirus-variant-found-in-california-governor-says

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