Fauci says UK Coronavirus Variant Likely Accounts for 30% of US Cases
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- White House Chief Medical Advisor Dr. Anthony Fauci says the highly contagious coronavirus mutant found in the UK may account for up to 30 percent of cases in the US
- The variant, called B.1.1.7, has been detected in at least 94 countries and has been found in 50 jurisdictions In the US
- US researchers have identified 5.567 cases of the infection in the country through genetic sequencing as of Thursday
- The researchers say the variant could become the dominant strain of the virus in the country by the end of the month or in early April
- A recent study published in the British Medical Journal found that the variant is associated with a 64 percent higher risk of death from COVID-19 than earlier strains