US: More contagious COVID variant found in New York
Confirmation raises to 4 the number of US states that confirmed to have cases of more infectious COVID-19 mutation
The identification raises to four the number of states who have found the variant among their populations. California, Colorado and Florida had all previously announced cases.
The patient who tested positive is from Saratoga County in upstate New York, Cuomo said on Twitter. The governor reportedly said on a conference call with the press that the patient, whom he identified as a male, had not traveled recently and was therefore likely infected from within the community.
The US is failing at reining in the outbreak with a record-high number of cases recorded on Saturday when 297,491 patients were diagnosed with COVID-19. That is about 50,000 more infections than the previous high from mid-December, according to data from Johns Hopkins University.