First COVID Variant Case Confirmed In MS

The State Health Department says the first COVID-19 variant case has been confirmed in Mississippi. It's the B.1.1.7 UK strain which has been identified now in a total of 40 states. The CDC says it spreads more easily and more quickly than other strains of the virus but there's no firm evidence yet that it's more deadly. The Health Department says it's believed that the current vaccines are effective against variants like this one but research is continuing.