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5 More In Las Vegas Area Reported With UK Coronavirus Variant

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Health officials in Las Vegas say five more area residents have been found to have the contagious coronavirus variant first identified in the United Kingdom.

The Southern Nevada Health District said Tuesday that all five had close contact with the person whose first-in-the-state case was reported January 25.

Officials had said that woman was in her 30s, had no travel history and reported limited contact with people outside her household.

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Authorities say virus variants recently identified in Britain, South Africa and Brazil spread more quickly between people, and studies are looking at whether they are resistant to vaccines.