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Covid Variant Gains Momentum in U.S. as Total Cases Plummet

Healthcare workers prone a patient in the Covid-19 ICU overflow area at a hospital in Mission Hills, California, on Feb. 5. 

Healthcare workers prone a patient in the Covid-19 ICU overflow area at a hospital in Mission Hills, California, on Feb. 5. 

Photographer: Ariana Drehsler/Bloomberg
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A covid variant first found in the U.K. is infecting Americans at a pace that far outstrips the original strain, which arrived in the spring.