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First case of ‘mutant strain’ of COVID-19 that originated in the UK is found in New York

First case of ‘mutant strain’ of COVID-19 that originated in the UK is found in New York after man in his 60s with no travel history is diagnosed

Gov Andrew Cuomo on Monday announced that the first case of the ‘mutant strain’ of COVID-19, which originated in the UK, has been found in a New York man. 

Cuomo said the man, who is in his 60s, was diagnosed with the new strain despite having no travel history. 

‘The Wadsworth Lab has confirmed New York State’s first case of the UK variant (B.1.1.7) of the virus that causes COVID,’ Cuomo said. 

Cuomo said the man is from Saratoga County, New York. 

Gov Andrew Cuomo (pictured) on Monday announced that the first case of the ‘mutant strain’ of COVID-19, which originated in the UK, has been found in a New York man

The first case of the strain in the US was confirmed last week in Colorado. It was found in a nursing home in a remote town. 

Colorado’s governor, Jared Polis, confirmed on December 29 that the new virus had been identified in his state, in Elbert County. 

On Saturday it was revealed that the first confirmed infection was of a National Guard member in his 20s, who had been assigned to work at the Good Samaritan Society nursing home in Simla, to help with their outbreak. 

The strain was then found in California and Florida, and it has now made its way to New York. 

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