New York has reported its first confirmed case of the U.Okay. coronavirus variant in a person who has no current journey historical past.
New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo stated on Monday that the case of the B.1.1.7 variant was confirmed by the Wadsworth Lab, and entails a person within the Saratoga space who’s in his 60s. The man was symptomatic.
The man didn’t journey not too long ago, Cuomo stated, suggesting that the case is doubtlessly the results of neighborhood unfold.
Colorado was the primary state within the U.S. to report a case of the B.1.1.7 variant late final month. Researchers on the state’s lab had detected the case in a member of the National Guard who was deployed to assist Good Samaritan Society nursing residence in Simla, the place there was a widespread outbreak of coronavirus.
Health consultants in addition to representatives from Pfizer and BioNTech have beforehand voiced confidence within the recently-approved vaccine’s skill to guard towards the U.Okay. variant, and have touted mRNA know-how’s so-called “flexibility” ought to the necessity for adjustments come up.
Earlier Monday, Cuomo criticized the state’s gradual rollout of its COVID-19 vaccine provide and stated that hospitals that fail to make use of their allotment will doubtlessly face fines by the top of the week.
Fox News’ Kayla Rivas contributed to this report.