Maryland confirms first 2 cases of COVID-19 U.K. variant

Jan 12, 2021

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — Gov. Larry Hogan says Maryland has confirmed its first two cases of the U.K. coronavirus variant.

Hogan made the announcement at the beginning of a news conference on Tuesday.

The governor says he had just learned of the cases and didn't have many details. He says the cases were confirmed in a couple who live in Anne Arundel County.

One of them had traveled to multiple continents. They are quarantining at home with two of their children.

Hogan says Maryland is conducting contract tracing to learn of any contacts they have had with others.

Scientists believe the variant is more contagious than previously identified strains.

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