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New York Covid-19 Variant Expands Reach in U.S. With 735 Cases

  • Early studies suggest the mutation may evade antibody therapy
  • Strain first seen in November, likely in Washington Heights
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Watch: Fauci says a new Covid variant detected in New York City that’s now traveled through various city neighborhoods is being watched closely by officials.(Source: ABC/Bloomberg)
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About 735 cases of a coronavirus variant that emerged in New York City in November have now been identified in the U.S., including 585 in the last two weeks, a federal health official said.

The mutation has traveled extensively through the metropolitan New York region, and individual cases have also been found in 14 other states, including Texas, Wyoming and Maryland, according to Gregory Armstrong, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Advanced Molecular Detection Program.