Two residents of New York City were infected with the first highly contagious coronavirus mutant identified in the United Kingdom.
This makes the two cases announced by Mayor Bill de Blasio on Wednesday one of twelve recently confirmed infections throughout the state.
The two live in Manhattan and Queens, respectively, and one of them recently traveled to England.
With new variants prevailing and currently infecting at least 85 people in 13 states, De Blasio once again called for a complete travel ban from the United Kingdom.
Wisconsin and New Mexico each reported the first case of a hyperinfectious British subspecies on Wednesday.
And Ohio scientists have discovered two more infectious homemade variants of the virus, they announced Wednesday.
One is virtually the same as the British variant, but has evolved independently in the United States. The second is unique to the United States and is dominated in Columbus, Ohio.
Mayor Bill de Blasio announced Wednesday that two residents of New York City were infected with the first new coronavirus variant found in the UK (pictured).
At least 83 people in 11 states are infected with the new strain, which is up to 70% more likely
De Blasio said the two patients are currently in quarantine and are in contact with the state’s Test And Trace Corps.
“Obviously, they are being followed up and supported,” he said.
Two Homemade US “Super Covid” Variants Discovered in Ohio
Ohio scientists said on Wednesday that the United States now has its own “supercovid” variant, which is more infectious than the most common coronavirus types in the United States, and new variants are wildfired in at least one state. He revealed that it was spreading like a fire.
One of the newer, more infectious variants is already predominant in Columbus, Ohio, where it was discovered.
This unique US variant has three mutations not found in other variants of the United Kingdom, Brazil, and South Africa.
It has a mutation in the spike protein and is thought to be more infectious than the normal coronavirus.
So far, this homemade variant has been seen in about 20 samples since it was first detected by Ohio State University (OSU) scientists in December.
It is currently present in most samples that are sequenced.
According to scientists at The Ohio State University, the second mutant has virtually the same mutation as the British mutant, but occurred completely independently in American soil.
Only one person with this variant was found.
So far, there is no evidence that any of the new variants are immune to the vaccine.
Scientists say the emergencies of these two variants may indicate that the virus is mutating in a similar way (but completely independently) in many parts of the world. I’m warning you.
“Tests and traces engage with them and keep people up to date as more information becomes available.
The city’s health commissioner, Dr. Dave Chokshi, said the two cases were diagnosed in late December and confirmed by genetic testing on Wednesday.
This probably means that the variants have spread throughout the city for several weeks.
On Tuesday, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) will begin requiring all international travelers to show proof of a negative COVID-19 test before entering the United States on January 26. Announced.
This is an addition to the Trump administration’s policy of prohibiting British travelers from undergoing negative tests from entry.
Passengers must be tested at least 3 days before flight and show negative results to the airline before boarding.
However, De Blasio repeatedly urged the federal government to ban flights from the United Kingdom for the foreseeable future.
“I’m grateful that the federal government is ultimately acting to limit who can fly inside and demand that the coronavirus test be negative, but that’s not enough.” He said.
“There should be an immediate ban on travel from the UK to the US. This is positive evidence. Someone in the UK has returned the variant here.”
The first case in New York was confirmed last week in a man in his 60s at a jewelry store in Saratoga Springs, about 190 miles north of New York City.
Since then, two other sick jewelry stores and one in Massapequa, Long Island have tested positive for the new strain.
It’s unclear where the four cases in the state are.
As of Wednesday afternoon, 83 infections were detected in 11 states: California, Colorado, Connecticut, Florida, Georgia, Indiana, Minnesota, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, and Texas.
California currently has the highest number of reported cases, with a total of 34 cases (32 in San Diego County and 2 in San Bernardino County), and Florida is far behind with 22 cases.
New York has the third highest number of cases with 12 cases.
B 1.1.7. Known as, the strain is up to 70% more susceptible to infection and is of concern for easier spread among children.
In addition, the case of a new variant of Minnesota shows that it may have been prevalent in the United States much earlier than previously believed.
Positive samples are from patients taken on December 18th and uploaded to the global genome database GISAID.
Meanwhile, other variants from South Africa and Brazil have been discovered, but neither has been confirmed in the United States.
Two residents of New York City are one of twelve “supercovid” cases in the state.
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