The U.S. now has at least 2,463 reported cases of coronavirus variants first detected in the United Kingdom, South Africa and Brazil, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

The overwhelming majority of these cases — roughly 2,4000 — are of the variant first discovered in the U.K., considered the most contagious of the virus’s newer strains, CNN reported.

The health agency said the true total is likely much higher since only those cases detected by analyzing positive samples have been identified, CNN reported.

The variant first detected in the U.K. has been found in 44 states, the District and Puerto Rico, with nearly 25% in Florida.

The variant first located in South Africa had 53 cases in 15 states and the District while the variant first discovered in Brazil had 10 infections in five states, the CDC said.

As of Monday, the U.S. has approximately 28.6 million coronavirus cases and 513,000 virus-related deaths, both tops globally, according to a Johns Hopkins University tracker.

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