Africa Variant Found in Maryland; U.S. Cases Slow: Virus Update

Africa Variant Found in Maryland; U.S. Cases Slow: Virus Update

Maryland reported a case of the coronavirus variant first found in South Africa, the third documented in the U.S. California surpassed 40,000 fatalities, the most after New York. Deaths in North Carolina exceeded 100 for a fourth consecutive day.

Starting Tuesday, travelers will be required to wear masks, including on airplanes, ships, ferries, trains, subways, buses, taxis and ride-shares, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced. Coronavirus infections in the U.S. continued a downward trend, with 162,390 new cases added on Friday.

The European dispute over the supply of vaccines is threatening to unleash a wider political and economic conflict that could stymie global collaboration needed to end the pandemic. Virus mutations that likely offer some resistance to vaccine and antibody treatments are now prevalent in South Africa and Brazil.