Emergence of a novel SARS-CoV-2 strain in Southern California, USA

@inproceedings{Zhang2021EmergenceOA,
  title={Emergence of a novel SARS-CoV-2 strain in Southern California, USA},
  author={Wenjuan Zhang and Brian D. Davis and Stephanie S. Chen and Jorge M Sincuir Martinez and Jasmine T. Plummer and Eric Vail},
  booktitle={medRxiv},
  year={2021}
}
Since October 2020, novel strains of SARS-CoV-2 including B.1.1.7, have been identified to be of global significance from an infection and surveillance perspective. While this strain (B.1.1.7) may play an important role in increased COVID rates in the UK, there are still no reported strains to account for the spike of cases in Los Angeles (LA) and California as a whole, which currently has some of the highest absolute and per-capita COVID transmission rates in the country. From the early days… 
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