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UK Coronavirus Variant Detected in Rhode Island for 1st Time

The variant was identified Thursday in one patient in their 60s, one in their 50s, and one in their 20s, state health officials announced Tuesday

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A coronavirus variant first detected in the United Kingdom has been found in three Rhode Island patients. The state Department of Health announced Tuesday that the variant was identified Thursday in one patient in their 60s, one in their 50s, and one in their 20s. The United Kingdom variant is considered more contagious, and may be even be more lethal, than the strain that has been predominant in Rhode Island. Dr. James McDonald, medical director for the state Department of Health, said confirmation of the virus in the state isn’t surprising as the variant has been identified in about 40 other states.

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