Apr 15, 2021 2:44 PM

Nebraska identifies more variants of the coronavirus

Posted Apr 15, 2021 2:44 PM

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Nebraska health officials continue to find more coronavirus cases caused by different strains of the virus in the state.

Health officials said 291 cases of variants of the virus have been confirmed in Nebraska, up from 237 a week ago.

Most of those cases were caused by a variant that was first identified in the United Kingdom that is more contagious.

The state said the number of people hospitalized with the virus in the state has generally been increasing since late March although the number has declined slightly in the past few days and it remains well below the peak of 987 reached in November.