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First cases of UK coronavirus variant found in Southwest Virginia

Kentucky announces new coronavirus cases for Sunday.
Kentucky announces new coronavirus cases for Sunday.(Associated Press)
Published: Feb. 27, 2021 at 7:45 PM EST
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ROANOKE, Va. (WDBJ) - Three adults in Southwest Virginia were diagnosed with the first three cases of the B.1.1.7 COVID-19 variant in the region.

The strain first appeared in the United Kingdom in late 2020.

All three patients had no history of travel during their exposure periods, according to the Virginia Department of Health. The B.1.1.7 variant is associated with increased person-to-person transmission, with early tests showing it produces more dangerous illness than other variants.

The strain has been located within 44 other states.

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