Monday, April 5, 2021

First confirmed case of Indian coronavirus variant in U.S. found in California

 Researchers at Stanford University said Saturday that they had found at least one case of a new coronavirus variant first detected in India in Northern California.


The new variant has two mutations, including one found in the California strain, in the spiky protein that the virus latches onto, according to Stanford Health Care spokesperson Lisa Kim. The variant was found in a patient from the San Francisco Bay Area by the school's Clinical Virology Laboratory.

California has recorded more coronavirus cases than any state in the country, with over 3.5 million known infections and at least 58,000 deaths as of Saturday, according to the department of health.

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