Coronavirus update New York City: Patient at NYC hospital tests positive for COVID variant from South Africa

NEW YORK CITY (WABC) – A patient at a hospital in New York City has tested positive for the COVID-19 variant from South Africa.

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo announced during his Monday briefing that the patient was being transferred from Connecticut to NYC Hospital.

Officials say so far there is no evidence of proliferation in the state of New York.

“The South African variant, they worry about how deadly it is and how it relates to the vaccine,” Cuomo said.

The Connecticut State Department of Health confirmed the positive case in a statement.

“Governor Lamont and public health officials announced today that the B.1.351 variant of the COVID-19 virus, the so-called” South African “variant, has been detected in a Connecticut patient who is currently hospitalized outside the state with the virus. The individual condition improves. This is the first known case of the B.1.351 variant in a Connecticut resident. “

Meanwhile, officials say 3.2 million have received their vaccinations across the country and over 1 million New Yorkers.

The state positivity rate is 3.53%.

Long Island continues to have the highest positivity in the regions at 4.62%, while Mid-Hudson has the second highest at 4.53%.

The Bronx continues to have the highest positivity in NYC at 6.11%.

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