Governor Andrew M. Como (Diem) announced on Monday that New York has reported its first case of a new type of coronavirus
The Wadsworth Laboratory at Albany confirmed the variant, known as B.1.1.7. In a man from Saratoga County, north of the capital, he did not travel, Cuomo said Twitter.
As of Wednesday, at least two states had confirmed cases of a new, fast-spreading form of Corona Virus Less than two weeks after it was first discovered in the UK. The boom, which prompted countries across Europe to halt travel from Britain in mid-December, now adds to growing fears in the United States that a more contagious type of virus will overwhelm hospitals’ capacity already on the edge of a precipice.
Cuomo urged people who visited N. Fox Jewelers, a jewelry store where the man works, on December 18-24, to get the test, according to New York times.
The newly discovered cases of the Coronavirus, which are believed to be the most contagious, are worrying experts and government officials that they will overburden hospitals across the country, which are already struggling to cope with the large number of cases after the holiday season.
In 2021, we will focus on controlling and defeating COVID, and to do that, we have two different goals that we are working on simultaneously – controlling the spread, then putting a bayonet into the beast and actually defeating the virus thanks to the vaccine, ”Cuomo said during a press briefing on Monday.
California Gov. Gavin Newsom (Democrat) said on Monday that four people in San Diego have tested positive for the new British strain of the virus, and one of them is in hospital. And in San Bernardino, two more cases were discovered, bringing the state’s total to six, which local health officials had previously reported.
The San Bernardino County Department of Public Health said Friday that the virus variant was found in two individuals from the same household. One of them was in contact with someone who had traveled to Britain on December 11th.
Newsom said he expects that more people will be identified with the new variant after the genomics test results come out in the coming days. He added that contact tracing and investigation of the disease are ongoing and will help provide more details about people who have been confirmed to be infected with the new strain.
The governor also emphasized that while the strain is believed to spread more easily, there is no evidence that it causes more serious disease.
California recorded 29,633 cases on Monday, up slightly from the previous day, and recorded 97 deaths, with an average of seven days of 336 deaths.
“This is a fatal disease, a deadly pandemic,” Newsom said. “It is still more deadly today than at any time in the history of the epidemic.”
The first case of a new variant that was found in the United States was confirmed last week in Colorado.