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Researchers identify five new cases of ‘double mutant’ Covid variant in California

Stanford University researchers have identified five new cases of a “double mutant” Covid-19 strain that was recently discovered in the San Francisco Bay Area. Doctors suspect it could be more contagious than earlier strains and may be resistant to existing vaccines. The new variant originated in India where it′s credited with a recent 55% surge in cases in the state of Maharashtra, home to Mumbai, after months of declining cases.