2 cases of South African virus variant found in California

Gov. Gavin Newsom said there have been two cases of the South African coronavirus variant in the Bay Area.

Posted: Feb 10, 2021 8:17 PM

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California has identified two cases of the South African coronavirus variant in the San Francisco Bay Area.

Gov. Gavin Newsom announced the findings on Wednesday during a trip to Fresno to tout the state's efforts to vaccinate people.

The presence of another variant marked a worrisome development even as the state's coronavirus cases and hospitalizations plummet.

More than 5 million vaccine doses have been administered in the state. But local health officials and lawmakers continue to criticize the vaccine rollout as chaotic and confusing.

California plans to roll out a new centralized system for distributing vaccines next week.

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