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A New, More Contagious Coronavirus Strain Detected In Multiple Cities
At the end of 2020, we began hearing reports of a new and more contagious Coronavirus strain being found in the UK. The U.S. cracked down on travel, in an effort to ensure the strain didn’t make its way across the pond.
However, New York State’s Governor, Andrew Cuomo, accounted this week that the new strain has been confirmed in upstate New York.
The strain has been found in Saratoga Springs, about 3 hours away from New York City. New York State has joined California, Colorado and Florida as states reporting cases of the new coronavirus variant.
According to Cuomo, the strain was found in a 60-something-year-old man who did not have a recent history of travel, which suggests that the strain is within the community.
“The State Department of Health has been aggressively looking for the UK strain of COVID, and we’re doing more testing than any state in the country and we’re doing more testing for the UK strain, Cuomo said in a statement. “My guess is the states that are effecting at looking for it will find it.”
The new strain is said to be about 70% more contagious than COVID-19, but less deadly. Travelers from the U.K. must now present a negative COVID-19 test within 72 hours of their flight, when traveling to the U.S.