South African Variant Of Covid19 Detected In VirginiaFebruary 6, 2021
South African variant of Covid19 detected in Virginia
Virginia Department of Health officials say the state’s first case of the COVID-19 variant that emerged in South Africa late last year has been identified in a person from Eastern Virginia.
As of Friday, Virginia is only the third state in the U.S. to have an identified case with that variant from South Africa, called the B.1.351 variant. The other states are South Carolina and Maryland.
Virginia also has identified four cases of the United Kingdom strain of the coronavirus, which is more contagious than the original virus, too. Northam said during his COVID-19 news conference that “now is not the time to relax” and cautioned Virginians to continue wearing masks and maintaining physical distance.
COVID-19 variant strains that were first linked in the United Kingdom (B.1.1.7), South Africa (B.1.351), and Brazil (P.1) were reported in 33 states in the US as of Friday.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says 611 out of the 618 cases are the most contagious variant known as B.1.1.7, which was first detected in the U.K