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C.D.C. Warns New Virus Variant Could Fuel Huge Spikes in Covid Cases – The New York Times

The more contagious version, first identified in Britain, is expected to spread widely and lead to further strains on an already overburdened health care system….



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State and local labs have committed to sequencing about 6,000 samples per week, a target the agency expects to hit in about three weeks.
Agency officials also warned that standard tests for the virus may miss one of the altered genes in the new variant. That should not be an issue for most laboratory-based tests, they said, but some antigen tests may produce false negatives, missing cases of infection.
So far, we havent found evidence of that, but were looking more closely at that, Dr. Butler said.

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