COLUMBIA, S.C. — The first two cases of the South African variant of the coronavirus have been detected in South Carolina, state health officials confirmed Thursday, the first known cases of this variant in the United States. South Carolina public health officials says they were notified late Wednesday by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) of a South Carolina sample that was tested at LabCorp and determined to be the B.1.351 variant originally identified in South Africa. DHEC’s Public Health Laboratory also tested samples on Jan. 25 and Wednesday identified a separate case of the same variant.

 

 

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