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First cases of UK coronavirus variant found in SWVA

The strain first appeared in the United Kingdom in late 2020.
(Associated Press)
Published: Feb. 27, 2021 at 6:04 PM EST
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ROANOKE, Va. (WDBJ) - Three adults in Southwest Virginia have been diagnosed with the first three cases of the B.1.1.7 COVID-19 variant in the region.

The strain first appeared in the United Kingdom in late 2020.

All three patients had no history of travel during their exposure periods, according to the Virginia Department of Health. The B.1.1.7 variant is associated with increased person-to-person transmission, with early tests showing it produces more dangerous illness than other variants.

The strain has been located within 44 other states.

Click here for more from the Virginia Department of Health.

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