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South Carolina detects first-known U.S. case


Healthcare workers from the Medical University of South Carolina administer free Covid-19 tests at a site in a parking lot between Edmund’s Oast and Butcher & Bee restaurants in Charleston, South Carolina, U.S., on Wednesday, Jan. 13, 2021.

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The first Covid-19 cases in the U.S. of a new, highly contagious strain of the virus first found in South Africa have been detected in South Carolina, the state’s health department said on Thursday.

The South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control said the strain, known as B.1.351, was found in two adults with no history of travel. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention notified South…


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