UK COVID-19 Variant Becoming Predominant Strain in the US - CDC

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  • The highly contagious coronavirus variant first detected in the UK is slowly becoming the predominant strain in many parts of the U.S., CDC Director Dr. Rochelle Walensky said
  • The variant, known as B.1.1.7, now accounts for 26% of COVID-19 cases circulating across the nation, Dr. Walensky told reporters during a White House news briefing
  • The variant, which appears to be more deadly and spread more easily than other strains, was first detected in the UK in the last fall
  • The virus has since spread to other parts of the globe, including the United States, where Florida has the largest number of cases
  • Walensky said Wednesday that more infections caused by the UK variants will emerge, urging the public to continue to comply with public health measures