SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) – California has identified two cases of the South African coronavirus variant in the San Francisco Bay Area. Gov. Gavin Newsom announced the findings on Wednesday during a trip to Fresno to tout the state’s efforts to vaccinate people. More than 5 million vaccine doses have been administered in the state. The South African variant is one of several that’s been identified in California. The presence of the new virus variants marked a dim note in an otherwise upbeat news conference. Newsom said infection rates, cases, and hospitalizations continue to go down.