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South African COVID-19 variant identified among individuals from Danbury, New Milford

The state Department of Public Health announced Friday it has learned of four more cases of the B.1.351 COVID variant, commonly known as the South African variant. Identified among individuals from Ansonia, Danbury, Greenwich and New Milford, this variant has now been confirmed in a total of six cases in Connecticut.

Meanwhile, DPH reported 93 additional cases of the B.1.1.7 variant commonly known as the UK variant, bringing the total to 174 confirmed cases. This latest group of infected individuals live in communities scattered across Connecticut, with the largest number of new cases — 16 — identified in Waterbury. 

Previously, 7 cases were identified in Oxford, 2 in Seymour, 2 in Southbury, and 1 in Wilton.

Over the past two weeks, the rolling average number of daily new COVID-19 cases has decreased by 337.7, a decrease of 32.6%, according to researchers from Johns Hopkins. As of Friday, there were 381 people hospitalized, a decline of one since Thursday. New Haven County had the largest number, at 167 patients.

The number of COVID-associated deaths increased by four to 7,765.