White House report: new COVID variant may have evolved in U.S.

The recent acceleration of COVID-19 cases suggests a new strain of the virus may have evolved in the United States, according to a White House report obtained by ABC News. 
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LINCOLN, Neb. (KLKN) – The recent acceleration of COVID-19 cases suggests a new strain of the virus may have evolved in the United States, according to a White House report obtained by ABC News.

The report says the fall/winter surge has been at nearly twice the rate of rise of cases as the spring and summer surges.

The potential new strain is an addition to the U.K. variant that has already been identified in some states.

The U.K. strain is reported to be up to 50% more transmissible, and the report says aggressive mitigation must be used to match “a more aggressive virus.”

The report says without uniform implementation of effective masking and strict social distancing, epidemics could quickly worsen as the variants spread and become predominant.

 

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