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2nd case of COVID-19 variant confirmed in Mass. – WCVB Boston

A second case of the COVID-19 variant has been confirmed in Massachusetts, according to state health officials.The state’s Department of Public Health said Tuesday that COVID-19 variant B.1.1.7 has been detected in a Worcester County man in his 20s. On Sunday health officials confirmed the state’s first case in a woman in her 20s who had returned after traveling to the United Kingdom. Surveillance testing for the B.1.1.7 variant has been ongoing at the Massachusetts State Public Health Laboratory in collaboration with clinical diagnostic laboratories and academic partners, according to the DPH. Surveillance consists of genomic sequencing on portions of COVID-19 positive specimens.As of Monday, the CDC reported 122 cases in 20 states in the United States.According to the CDC, there is no evidence that the B.1.1.7 variant causes more severe illness or increased risk of death, but it is known to spread more easily and quickly than other COVID-19 variants.

A second case of the COVID-19 variant has been confirmed in Massachusetts, according to state health officials.

The state’s Department of Public Health said Tuesday that COVID-19 variant B.1.1.7 has been detected in a Worcester County man in his 20s.

On Sunday health officials confirmed the state’s first case in a woman in her 20s who had returned after traveling to the United Kingdom.

Surveillance testing for the B.1.1.7 variant has been ongoing at the Massachusetts State Public Health Laboratory in collaboration with clinical diagnostic laboratories and academic partners, according to the DPH. Surveillance consists of genomic sequencing on portions of COVID-19 positive specimens.

As of Monday, the CDC reported 122 cases in 20 states in the United States.

According to the CDC, there is no evidence that the B.1.1.7 variant causes more severe illness or increased risk of death, but it is known to spread more easily and quickly than other COVID-19 variants.

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