Dr Anthony Fauci said it is a ‘possibility’ that a homegrown variant of the coronavirus is fueling a spike in cases across the U.S.
The nation’s top infectious disease expert said the rise in cases in America looks similar to the rise in the U.K., where the new strain was first detected
‘It could be – a possibility – that we have our own mutant that’s being more easily transmissible,’ Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, told The Washington Post on Monday.
‘We don’t know. We’re looking for it…If you look at the slope of our curve, which is very steep, it looks a bit like the curve in the UK.’
Cases have been rising in the UK as London Mayor Sadiq Khan revealed one in 30 Londoners now has COVID-19.
He’s also demanded that researchers ramp up their search for new variants as soon as possible.
It comes as the CDC says it has found no evidence of a new American strain, and health experts say the exponential rise in cases could be due to other reasons.
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Source: Daily Mail