First Confirmed Case of Indian Coronavirus Variant in US Found in California

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  • Researchers at Stanford University said Saturday that they had detected at least one case of a new coronavirus variant first detected in India in Northern California
  • Researchers say the new variant has two mutations in the spike protein, with which the virus latches onto cells
  • The variant was found in a patient from the San Francisco Bay Area by researchers at the school's Clinical Virology Laboratory
  • The variant was first detected last month by health officials in India, where coronavirus cases started to creep up through the winter
  • California has recorded more coronavirus cases than any state in the country, with more than 3.5 million known cases and at least 58,000 deaths as of Saturday