Researchers at Stanford University said on Saturday that they have found at least one case of a new variant of the coronavirus, which was first discovered in India in Northern California.
According to Lisa King, a spokesperson for health care at Stanford University, the new variant has two mutations, one of which is found in the California strain, which is a spike protein locked by the virus. The school’s clinical virology laboratory discovered this virus variant in a patient in the San Francisco Bay Area.
She said in an email statement: “We believe this is the first case of this variant described in the United States.”
According to the Associated Press, the variant was first discovered by Indian health officials last month. Since September, the number of cases across India has been declining, but it has started to pick up throughout the winter. The Associated Press said that more than 47,000 new infections were detected within 24 hours in March, including 275 deaths.
Since the fatal winter surge started in late November, the Covid-19 interest rate has been declining throughout the spring until the entire New Year. The decline in cases caused the state’s populous counties, including Los Angeles, to relax restrictions and gradually reopen the economy.
According to the Department of Health, California has recorded more coronavirus cases than any state in the state. As of Saturday, there were more than 3.5 million known infections and at least 58,000 deaths.