Virginia Records First Case of South African Coronavirus Variant

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  • Virginia has recorded the first case of a COVID-19 variant from South Africa, Gov. Ralph Northam confirmed Friday
  • The case was identified by a private lab, Northam said
  • The South African coronavirus variant, called B.1.351 variant is said to cause more severe disease and increased risk of death compared to other strains
  • Northam says the emergence of these new deadly strains necessitate urgent and widespread COVID-19 vaccinations
  • Virginia already has four cases of a coronavirus variant from the UK