January 26, 2021

More contagious COVID-19 variant first discovered in Brazil detected for first time in United States

The Washington Post (1/25, Achenbach) reports, “Minnesota officials announced Monday they have identified a person infected with a highly transmissible variant of the coronavirus that has been spreading at alarming rates in recent weeks in Brazil.” It is “the first report in the United States of the P.1 variant, which has been of particular concern to scientists as they have observed the disastrous surge in infections in the Brazilian city of Manaus.” Read more.