The highly contagious UK coronavirus variant is now more prevalent in the US than the original strain that devastated the country last spring, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said Wednesday.
“It is the most common lineage — period,” CDC director Dr. Rochelle Walensky said at a White House press conference. “We need to remain vigilant.”
The B117 variant — which is believed to be up 70 percent more contagious than the original — has now been found in all 50 US states and accounts for more than half of all cases in the country, she said.
Last week, New York City said 70 percent of new COVID-19 cases in the Big Apple are from variants — though the majority were the homegrown B.1.526 variant. About a quarter of people tested during the week of March 15-21 had the UK variant.
The B117 variant h is believed to be up 70 percent more contagious than the original.National