By NewsDesk  @bactiman63

Los Angeles County health officials have reported one case of the South African variant, B.1.351, and three cases of the Brazilian P.1 variant, both variants of concern.

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Authorities say although these are the first reported cases of the South African and Brazilian variant in L.A. County, it is likely there are additional undetected/undiagnosed cases.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) classified the South African and Brazilian variants as variants of concern because they are potentially associated with increased transmissibility and reduced susceptibility to certain therapeutics.

To date, 33 cases of the Brazilian variant and 10 cases of the South African variant have been reported in California.

The Los Angeles County Department of Public Health have identified 1,223,174 positive cases of COVID-19 across all areas of L.A. County and a total of 23,340 deaths since the pandemic started.