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More infectious COVID-19 variant found in Florida: state officials

CoronavirusDec 31, 2020 09:35PM ET
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WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A more infections variant of COVID-19 that has swept through the United Kingdom has been identified in Florida, state health officials said on Thursday, marking the third known U.S. state to identify such a case.

The Florida Department of Health said the case involved a male in his 20s in Martin County with no history of travel. Two other cases involving the UK variant have been identified in Colorado and California.

"The Department is working with the CDC (U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) on this investigation," it tweeted.

On Wednesday, California Governor Gavin Newsom said the coronavirus variant B.1.1.7 had been identified in Southern California.

A day earlier, Colorado Governor Jared Polis said the variant had been identified there, while another state health official said a second possible case was being investigated.

The cases, found in individuals who had not recent traveled, showed the likely community spread of the variant from person-to-person in the United States. Health experts have said they believe the new variant is more infectious but recently approved vaccines should provide protection against it.

More infectious COVID-19 variant found in Florida: state officials
 

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Guy Dewaerheid
Guy Dewaerheid Jan 01, 2021 2:32AM ET
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Amen, the virus mutations are too fast, that's why expert's says the vaccins are working for that variant too. All produced vaccines are waste of time and money. People must stay home and just waiting for the collapsing of the country. They need to come up with faster vaccines production, bur i'm afraid it is too late for Amerika
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perplexed76 . Jan 01, 2021 2:09AM ET
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Florida... the state trump the ignoramus made an example how to do with pandemic
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Michael Angelo Jan 01, 2021 12:56AM ET
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The worst virus is not the "bug" but the r. e. t. a. r. d. e. d. rationality of the American citizen, in general. I circumstances like this discipline is the number one rule, but in the land of the free that's sounds too brave, almost ridi. culous.
 
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