The new strain of the virus that causes COVID-19, first reported in the United Kingdom, has been identified in Indiana, according to government health officials.
The Indiana Department of Health made the announcement Monday. The strain has been found in other states such as California and Colorado.
It does not cause more severe infections, but it spreads much more easily, a statement from Indiana health officials said.
“It’s common for viruses to mutate, and we see that happening with COVID-1
To date, 567,338 Indiana residents are known to have had the new coronavirus. They confirmed that 8,643 died, health officials said.
There are no confirmed reports of the new strain in Illinois.
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