Reprinted from Deadline Hollywood by Tom Tapp on January 18, 2021.
Two days after the Los Angeles Public Health Department announced that the much-talked-about U.K. variant of Covid-19, known as B.1.1.7, had been identified in the region, the California Department of Public Health revealed that another lesser-known strain had been circulating in the county as well.
Known as L452R, the newly-announced arrival was first identified in Denmark in March of last year. It showed up in California as early as May 2020.
According to the California Department of Public Health, Santa Clara County has sequenced a large number of positive specimens collected from community testing sites and outbreaks in the county. The L452R was present in specimens from the community and from several large outbreaks, including outbreaks where very high numbers of people exposed contracted the virus. …