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Yes, there is a new COVID-19 variant from Colombia confirmed in Florida

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New variant in FloridaThe more transmissible delta variant continues to dominate in the U.S., currently accounting for more than 80 percent of all new COVID-19 cases, according to data from the CDC.

But scientists are continually monitoring other variants of the virus currently circulating.

Now a variant first seen in South America is reportedly showing up in COVID-positive patients in a south Florida hospital.

As hospitals once again report increased admissions of COVID-19 patients and cases statewide surge due to the delta variant, doctors in south Florida say another coronavirus variant is now present.

The Colombian variant, known as the B.1.621 variant, currently accounts for about 10 percent of the recent cases seen in COVID-positive patients at Jackson Health in Miami, confirms Dr. David Andrews.

Andrews is the chief pathologist at the hospital who has been working on the genetic sequencing of the virus in the University of Miami’s pathology lab.


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