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Scientists study new COVID-19 variant B.1.630 found in U.S.

Recently officials in Louisiana with LSU Health Shreveport Emerging Viral Threats Center announced the discovery of yet another COVID-19 variant called B.1.630.

It is believed that this strain has a much lower transmission rate. Two samples that were collected from Baton Rouge were identified as two of the 79 cases currently found in the U.S.

This new variant has mutations that make it harder for the body to detect its presence, but experts don’t appear concerned as numbers remain low.

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This strain was noticed in March, and it’s been so rarely seen it didn’t get a Greek alphabet name like Delta, Gamma, or Beta.

Related: Another COVID-19 variant discovered in U.S., this one called B.1.630



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