RICHMOND, Virginia (WRIC) – The Virginia Department of Health announced that the first case of the South African variant of COVID-19 has been detected in an adult Central Virginia resident.
The VDH said the person who tested positive for the variant had no travel history to the virus during the exposure period.
The SARS-CoV-2 variant B.1.351, which first appeared in South Africa at the end of 2020, shows an increased transmission of COVID-19 from person to person. According to the VDH, however, there is no evidence that infected with this variant will lead to a more severe case of the disease.
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The health department said that there are currently 11 cases of this variant identified in the state and 31 cases of variant B.1.1.7, which was first identified in the UK.
Since viruses often mutate, the health department expects new variants of SARS-CoV-2 to spread. For this reason, the VDH said it was important that the Virginians comply with mitigation measures to stop the spread of these new varieties.
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