NY Governor Confirms First Case of the New COVID-19 Strain

New York State confirmed its first case of a new, more contagious variant of the coronavirus that was initially discovered in the United Kingdom, Gov. Andrew Cuomo said Monday.

The strain, which has also been found in California, Florida, and Colorado, is thought to be more transmissible but doesn’t appear to make people more ill or increase the risk of death from Covid-19, experts have said.

The case was identified in a 60-year-old man from Saratoga County who had no travel history, Cuomo said during a conference call with reporters. The man, who is now recovering, worked at a jewelry store where three other people have also tested positive for Covid-19. The state is investigating whether those cases were caused by the new strain.

Cuomo told reporters that the state has conducted about 5,000 tests in a search of the new variant, known as B.1.1.7. Cuomo said he believes it’s “much more” widespread than people already know.

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