At least 122 cases of a coronavirus variant first identified in the United Kingdom have been found in 20 US states, according to data posted Monday by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
This includes at least:
- 46 cases in Florida
- 40 in California
- 6 in Colorado
- 5 in Minnesota
- 4 each in Indiana and New York
- 2 each in Connecticut, Maryland and Texas
- 1 each in Georgia, Illinois, Louisiana, Massachusetts, Michigan, New Mexico, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Utah, Wisconsin and Wyoming
The CDC says this does not represent the total number of cases circulating in the United States, but rather those that have been found by analyzing positive samples. The agency cautions that its numbers may not immediately match those of state and local health departments.
While the variant, known as B.1.1.7, appears to spread more easily, there's no evidence that it's any more deadly or causes more severe disease, according to CDC. It has also been found in more than 50 countries.