Today Texas, Pennsylvania, and Connecticut became the latest states to confirm cases of B117, a variant strain of the novel coronavirus that began widely circulating in the United Kingdom at the end of last year.

Harris County Public Health tweeted that a Texas man in his 30s man with no travel history has tested positive for the virus. In Pennsylvania, the case was identified after the patient had known contact with an international case.

Connecticut officials confirmed that two case-patients have been identified, including one person with a travel history to Ireland.

There are now at least 56 cases of B117 in eight states. California (26) and Florida (22) have reported the most. Single cases have also been found in New York, Florida, and Georgia, and Colorado officials have confirmed two cases.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) will begin tracking and publicly reporting variant COVID-19 case counts in the United States and updating data on Tuesdays and Thursdays.

Fast-spreading strain

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