Over 50 cases of the more contagious, mutated coronavirus strain first detected in the UK have been identified across the US, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
In an update Wednesday, the CDC listed 26 cases in California, two in Colorado, 22 in Florida, one in Georgia and an additional case in New York, for a total of 52 cases. On Thursday, Pennsylvania’s Department of Health said that it had a confirmed case of the variant as well.
The CDC noted that the figures are an underestimate, writing: “The cases identified above are based on a sampling of SARS-CoV-2-positive specimens and do not represent the total number of B.1.1.7 lineage cases that may be circulating in the United States and may not match numbers reported by states, territories, tribes and local officials.”
The CDC plans to update the page biweekly as more reported cases of the variant strain arise.
The coronavirus B.1.1.7. variant is said to be