New Coronavirus Variant Shows Up In Virginia, North Carolina
The Associated Press
State officials in Virginia and North Carolina reported the first case of a more contagious strain of coronavirus that was first detected in the United Kingdom in December.
North Carolina officials said over the weekend the B.1.1.7 variant was identified in a sample from an adult in Mecklenburg County. No other details about the person were released.
In Virginia, an adult in Northern Virginia tested positive for the variant.
Health officials have said that early data suggest that the variant may be more contagious than other variants of the virus, but that the current COVID-19 vaccines are expected to be effective against it.