The strain, which was first identified in India and is also known as B.1.617.2, has taken hold in the U.K. and represents 60% of the country’s cases. The U.K. was set to ease COVID-19 restrictions on June 21, but is reevaluating reopening due to the increase in cases.
“We cannot let that happen in the United States,” Dr. Anthony Fauci, the nation’s top infectious diseases expert, said during a White House COVID-19 briefing on Tuesday.
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SOURCE: PEOPLE, Julie Mazziotta