WHO Says Highly Contagious India COVID Variant Is Spreading Rapidly In U.S.

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The highly contagious COVID-19 variant that first emerged in India is spreading at a rapid rate in the US — and now makes up 7 percent of new cases, data shows.

The dramatic rise of the B.1.617.2 variant comes after it accounted for only 1 percent of new cases stateside at the start of May, according to a report from

The data revealed that the variant, which experts suspect is 60 percent more transmissible, reached its high of 7 percent of samples sequenced on May 26.

The World Health Organization last week classified the variant as being one of global concern and requiring heightened tracking and analysis.

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