Highly contagious COVID variant detected in Massachusetts

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[MassLive.com] The Massachusetts Department of Public Health announced Sunday that the state has seen its first case of the COVID-19 variant first discovered in the United Kingdom.

The person who tested positive for this COVID variant is a Boston woman in her 20s, officials said.

The woman had travelled to the United Kingdom and became ill the day after she returned. She had tested negative prior to leaving the UK.

As of Sunday, there have been 88 reported cases of the B.1.1.7 variant from 14 states in the United States.

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