Earlier, this more infectious variant of the virus had spread in the United Kingdom
A new acutely contagious strain of coronavirus that has spread in the United Kingdom has been identified in Florida and China, health authorities said.
The Florida Department of Health said the new strain was found in a 20-year-old man from Martin County who had not traveled anywhere recently.
This is the third known case of the new variant of the virus in the United States.
On Wednesday, California Governor Gavin Newsom said the B.1.1.7 strain had been identified in Southern California.
A day earlier, Colorado Governor Jared Polis said this variant of the virus had been detected in his state. A state health official also said that there could have been a second case, but that has not yet been reliably determined.
Meanwhile, Chinese researchers say the new strain appears to have made its way to the PRC.
According to an official publication, researchers found the new strain in a woman who took the test upon her arrival at Shanghai airport from the United Kingdom on Dec. 14.
A weekly review by the China Center for Disease Control and Prevention said this is the first case of an “imported (British) variant being detected in China and poses a major potential threat to the prevention and control of COVID-19 in China.”