Three extra instances of the COVID-19 pressure first present in the UK have been recognized in New York, Governor Andrew Cuomo introduced Saturday.
“The UK pressure is right here, it’s actual, and the Usain Bolt-like pace by means of which it spreads is nothing wanting scary,” Governor Cuomo stated. “There isn’t any thriller as to the way it obtained right here — it obtained on a airplane and flew right here from Europe, similar to the unique pressure did.”
A complete of 4 instances have now been recognized in New York. The state’s first confirmed case of the extra contagious new pressure was detected in a Saratoga Springs man who had no recognized journey historical past, Cuomo stated. Two of the brand new instances are associated to the Saratoga case, however a 3rd, unrelated case, was recognized in Massapequa in Nassau County.
The state’s well being division is now working with contact tracers within the county to establish extra doable exposures.
The pressure first surfaced within the United Kingdom and has since proven up in a number of states, together with Colorado, California and Florida.
Cuomo criticized the federal authorities‘s response to the pandemic in saying the brand new instances. “The federal authorities continues to refuse to be taught from the spring and mandate testing for all worldwide vacationers,” he stated. “Their failure to behave means the remainder of us should be that rather more vigilant in our work to cease the unfold, in addition to do all we will to speed up the distribution of the vaccine.”