By Diane Rado of the Florida Phoenix
The so-called B.1.1.7 variant that emerged in the United Kingdom has now spread to 32 states nationwide, up from 30 on Friday. The CDC reported 467 cases of the strain on Sunday.
Two other variants have four cases in three states.
The agency is now tracking all three variants on Sunday, Tuesday, and Thursday, so the Sunday data, Feb. 1, is now the most recent.
In addition to Florida, the highest number of United Kingdom cases are in California (113), New York (42), Michigan (22) Georgia (18).
(The cases identified are based on a sampling of specimens and do not represent the total number of B.1.1.7 cases across the nation, according to the CDC.)
That variant is of concern because it is considered more transmissible and potentially more lethal.
Cases are expected to continue to climb, as federal health officials earlier warned of the new COVID-19 variant potentially becoming the dominant strain by March.
The CDC has also started to track two other variants that have come into the United States: B.1.351, from South Africa, and P.1, from Brazil.
The CDC has now reported three cases of the South Africa strain — two in South Carolina and another new case in Maryland. The CDC reported one case of the Brazil strain in Minnesota.
You can look at data at the CDC here.
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