Governor Andrew M. Cuomo announced on Monday that New York has reported its first case of a new type of coronavirus.
The Wadsworth Laboratory in Albany confirmed that the replacement, known as B.1.1.7, of a man from Saratoga County, north of the capital, had not traveled, said Cuomo (d) in Twitter.
Cuomo urged people who visited N. Fox Jewelers, a jewelry store where the man works, on December 18-24 to take the test, according to New York times.
The newly discovered cases of the coronavirus variant, which were first detected in the UK and are believed to be more transmissible, have made experts and government officials worried that it will overburden hospitals across the country that are already struggling to keep up with a flood of cases after the holiday season.
In 2021, we will focus on controlling and defeating the Corona virus, and to do that we have two different goals that we are working on simultaneously – controlling the spread, then putting a spear in the monster and actually defeating the virus thanks to the vaccine, ”said Cuomo 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 strain of the virus and that one of them has been hospitalized. 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 underway, and this will help provide more details about people who have been tested positive for 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 severe cases of COVID-19.
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. This is 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, with a case also confirmed in Florida.