Two New York City residents – in Manhattan and Queens – are among 12 ‘supercovid’ cases in the state, including one that recently traveled to the UK as Mayor de Blasio again calls for a full travel ban
- Two New York City Residents Are Infected With New Coronavirus Variant First Identified In The UK
- The two patients live in Manhattan and Queens respectively, and one of them recently traveled to the UK
- On Wednesday, Mayor Bill de Blasio called on the federal government to cancel flights from the UK to the US
- At least 83 people in 11 states have contracted the new strain, which is up to 70% more transmissible
Two New York City residents have contracted the highly contagious coronavirus variant first identified in the UK.
This makes the two cases, announced by Mayor Bill de Blasio on Wednesday, among the 12 recently confirmed infections in the state.
The two people live in Manhattan and Queens respectively, and one of them had recently traveled to the UK.
With cases of the new variant spreading and now infecting at least 83 people in 11 states, de Blasio once again called for a full travel ban from the UK.
Two New York City residents have been infected with the new coronavirus variant first identified in the UK, Mayor Bill de Blasio announced on Wednesday (photo)
At least 83 people in 11 states have contracted the new strain, which is up to 70% more transmissible
De Blasio said the two patients are currently isolated and have been in contact with the state’s Test and Trace Corps.
“Clearly they are being monitored and supported,” he said.
‘Test and Trace have been working with them and we will update people when we have more information.
On Tuesday, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) announced that on Jan. 26 they will begin demanding that all international travelers show proof of a negative COVID-19 test before entering the US.
This is in addition to the Trump administration’s policy of banning British travelers from entering without a negative test.
Passengers must have themselves tested no later than three days before their flight and present a negative result to the airline prior to boarding.
However, De Blasio reiterated the call to the federal government to ban flights from the UK in the near future.
“While I appreciate that the federal government is finally taking steps to restrict who can board an internal flight and require them to have a negative coronavirus test, that’s not good enough,” he said.
‘There must be an immediate travel ban from the United Kingdom to the United States. Here’s some positive proof: someone who was in the UK brought the variant back here. ‘