First Massachusetts Case of South African Variant Detected in Cambridge | News | The Harvard Crimson

A Cambridge woman in her 20s became the first person in Massachusetts to test positive for the Covid-19 variant originally detected in South Africa, the city’s public health department announced last Thursday.

The woman tested positive for the variant — officially designated the B.1.351 variant — in January and isolated after the positive test, according to the health department statement. There are no known contacts or travel history related to the case. A second case of the variant from South Africa was detected in Massachusetts on Feb. 19.

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