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New California Variant May Be Driving Virus Surge There, Study Suggests – The New York Times

Researchers found that the variant originated in California and showed up in more than half of samples tested last week by researchers in Los Angeles.

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In the early months of the pandemic, a mutation arose in a lineage that then became dominant across much of the world. Known as D614G, the mutation is now believed to make the virus more easily transmitted from person to person, compared with variants without it.
In December, researchers in Britain found B.1.1.7, which is about 50 percent more transmissible than previous versions of the virus. The variant is a driving factor in the surge of cases and hospitalizations there now.
B.1.1.7 was in the…

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