First known California case of UK coronavirus variant detected in San Diego County

The first known case of a new and apparently more contagious variant of the coronavirus in California was found in a San Diego County patient, a county supervisor confirmed Wednesday. San Diego County Supervisor Nathan Fletcher said at the county's coronavirus briefing Wednesday afternoon that the variant had been detected in a 30-year-old man who developed COVID-19 symptoms on Dec. 27 and tested positive for the coronavirus on Tuesday. Fletcher said a Scripps Research lab was able to confirm by 3 a.m. Wednesday that the strain of virus detected in the man was in fact the variant that was first detected in the United Kingdom, which is believed to be as much as 50% more contagious. "Because there is no travel history, we believe this is not an isolated case in San Diego County and the
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