Deadly COVID-19 variant found in California, governor Newsom says Wednesday.
Newsom made the announcement at the beginning of a livestreamed conversation with Anthony Fauci, the government’s top infectious disease expert, and did not provide details on the case, other than saying it is in Southern California.
The development comes after Colorado officials announced on Tuesday the first confirmed U.S. case of the new variant, which was first identified in the United Kingdom.
Colorado reported one confirmed case and one possible case, which mean California could have the third known case in the U.S.
But Fauci said in the conversation with Newsom that it is not a surprise, and he expects additional cases of the new variant will soon be reported in other states as well.
“I’m not surprised that you have a case and likely more cases in California, and we likely will be seeing reports from other states,” he said.
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