Highly Contagious Delta Variant of Coronavirus That Spread Rapidly in India is Now in the U.S.

The highly contagious Delta variant of COVID-19 that spread rapidly in India is now in the c worrying health experts with large portions of the country still unvaccinated.

The variant has been found in more than 6% of cases in the U.S., and may be the cause of more than 18% in some parts of the country, the Centers for Disease Control said.

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