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UK coronavirus variant found in Southern California


The new U.K. coronavirus strain has been found in #California, #Gov. #Gavin #Newsom announced #Wednesday.

The coronavirus  B.1.1.7. variant is said to be more transmissible than COVID-19, but it is not thought to be more virulent or resistant to vaccines and treatment. A study released by U.K. scientists found it to be 56 percent more contagious.

The U.S. confirmed its first case of the variant #Tuesday in an unidentified 20-something man in #Colorado. #Newsom announced that the new strain of the coronavirus that causes COVID-19 was found in #Southern #California. #Both cases involve members of the #Colorado #National #Guard, who were deployed to help #Good #Samaritan #Society nursing home in #Simla, where there was a widespread outbreak.

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The U.S. is now one of at least 17 nations with confirmed cases of the U.K. variant. #South #Africa and #Nigeria have reported separate variants of the virus.

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“I’m not surprised you have a case or likely more cases in #California,” #Dr. #Anthony #Fauci told #Newsom in a virtual conversation. “I don’t think #Californians should feel this is something odd — this is something expected.”

The COVID-19 causing coronavirus and others like it mutate often, he said.

“#To all of my #Californian friends — and I have many — they should realize this is an RNA virus … RNA viruses, they make a living out of mutating, they love to mutate,” #Fauci continued.

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The variant’s detected arrival in #California comes as cases and hospitalizations reach an all-time high in the state, and ICU capacity is 0 percent in #Southern #California. #Facilities have begun to discuss the possibility of rationing care. #California hit a one-day death record #Tuesday when 442 people died from coronavirus.

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