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California reports first case of new coronavirus variant


#California reported its first case of a new variant of the coronavirus that may be more transmissible, AP reports.

The big picture: #California is the second state to document a confirmed case of the variant — which originated in the #United #Kingdom — after #Colorado reported the first case in the #United #States on #Tuesday.

  • #California #Gov. #Gavin #Newsom announced the infection during an online conversation with #Anthony #Fauci, head of the #National #Institute of #Allergy and #Infectious #Diseases, according to AP.
  • The governor said the case was located in #Southern #California, but he did not provide any other details about the person who was infected.
  • “I don’t think #Californians should think that this is odd. #It’s to be expected,” #Fauci said #Wednesday, per AP.

#Of note: There is thus far no evidence that the new variant is more deadly — only that it appears more transmissible. There is also no evidence that COVID-19 vaccines will be less effective against the new variant.

  • A non-peer reviewed study by the #Centre for #Mathematical #Modelling of #Infectious #Diseases at the #London #School of #Hygiene and #Tropical #Medicine found that the variant is 56% more transmissible than other strains.
  • The #British government previously warned that a new variant could be up to 70% more transmissible.
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#Go deeper: #What you need to know about the coronavirus mutation



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