The first case of the Indian version of COVID-19 was identified in Clinton County, north of Lansing, by a spokesman for the Michigan Department of Health and Humanitarian Services, Bob Wheaton, on Friday in front of The Detroit News.

The new variant, B.1.617, was first discovered in India in October with two mutations, E484Q and L452R, according to the World Health Organization.

The state Department of Health did not release additional information about the infected Michigan resident or how many people may have been exposed.

Emerging studies show that the option with India may be more transmitted than previous options.

The variant is the sixth found in Michigan.

As of Thursday, Michigan has the second largest number of cases under option B.1.1.7 of the United Kingdom. with 5,616 cases in 80 jurisdictions.

The first case of South African variant B.1.351 was confirmed by the State Bureau of Laboratories for a boy living in Jackson County. There are now a total of 26 cases of the variant.

The first case of option P.1 from Brazil was identified in a resident of Bay County. There are currently 66 confirmed cases of P.1.

There are also 231 confirmed cases of B.1.427 and B.1.429, two variants formed in California.

Wayne County has the highest prevalence of option B.1.1.7 with more than 556 cases, including 157 in Detroit. Wayne, Washtenaw, Macomb and Genesse counties have five of the six options. Clinton County has all the reported options.

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