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UK variant now accounts for 10 percent of COVID cases in US

Added 02-26-21 04:18:07pm EST - “The highly contagious UK variant of the coronavirus now accounts for about 10 percent of COVID-19 cases in the US ?" and could be the overwhelming strain by March, federal officials said Friday. Tha?” - Nypost.com

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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From Nypost.com: “UK variant now accounts for 10 percent of COVID cases in US”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

The highly contagious UK variant of the coronavirus now accounts for about 10 percent of COVID-19 cases in the US – and could be the overwhelming strain by March, federal officials said Friday.

That roughly 10 percent figure is up “from 1 to 4 percent a few weeks ago” and “prevalence [of the strain] is even higher in certain areas of the country,” Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Director Dr. Rochelle Walensky said during a virtual White House COVID-19 briefing.

CDC data shows that there have been 2,102 cases of the UK variant, known as B.1.1.7, reported in 45 states throughout the US.

The UK variant is believed to be up to 50 percent more transmissible than other strains, which are much less prevalent so far in the US.

The other strains are the South Africa variant, known as B.1.351, the Brazil variant, known as P.1, and variants such as the one that has emerged in New York City, called B.1.256, and another in California called B.1.427.

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