Florida has become America’s new ‘super-COVID’ hotspot, leading the country in known cases.
At least 46 cases of the highly contagious variant first identified in the UK have been found in the Sunshine State, more than double the initial figure of 22.
This occurred just 20 days after the first case was identified on New Year’s Eve.
The new strain, B 1.1.7., is feared to be up to 70 percent more transmissible and to spread more easily among children.
It comes on the same day that 13 cases were identified by a North Carolina laboratory, which has not reported any cases of the variant today.
This means nearly 150 Americans have been infected with the strain since the first case was identified late last year.
Additionally, a recent report from the World Health Organization (WHO) revealed that 60 counties around the globe are now reporting cases of the variant.
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Source: Daily Mail