New York City’s first case of Brazilian COVID-19 variant detected in a Brooklyn resident
- Governor’s office says it is the first confirmed case of the Brazilian variant COVID-19 P.1
- The variant case was confirmed by scientists at Mount Sinai Hospital and verified by the Department of Health’s Wadsworth Center Laboratories
- The Brazilian variant is considered more contagious than the first version of the coronavirus
- The variant was first found in the US in January in Minnesota, the CDC says
The state’s first case of COVID-19 P.1 was identified by scientists at Mount Sinai Hospital in Manhattan and verified by the Department of Health’s Wadsworth Center Laboratories, the New York Post reported.
The state Department of Health is working to learn more about the patient, who is in their 90s. It’s also looking into who the person has been in contact with, the office said.
The Brazilian variant is considered more contagious than the first version of the coronavirus. There is a possibility current vaccines will not be as effective against it as earlier virus variants.
The variant was first found in the U.S. in January in Minnesota, the federal Centers for Disease Control reported.
Pharmacist Mia Yu, left, administers the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine to a patient at a pop up site at Common Point Queen’s The Hub on March 18. A Brazilian variant of the coronavirus was confirmed in the city on Saturday
There are currently 48 cases in 15 states, including Massachusetts and New Jersey, the CDC website said.
Cuomo’s office was optimistic about the fight against new variant.
“While additional research is warranted, researchers at the University of Oxford recently released non-peer reviewed data that indicates the P.1 variant may be less resistant to the current vaccines than originally thought,” the governor’s office said.
New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo speaks during an event at his office on March 18. His office is optimistic about the fight against new Brazilian variant of the COVID-19 virus
New York State Health Commissioner Dr. Howard Zucker appears at a temporary field hospital at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center in New York City on March 30, 2020. Zucker urged residents to continue to follow existing safety precautions as the city reported a case of the new Brazilian variant on Saturday
Nearly 3.9 million vaccine doses have been administered in the five boroughs, the city said.
“This is a race between the vaccine and the variants, and we continue to make tremendous progress of getting shots in the arms of eligible New Yorkers,” state Health Commissioner Dr. Howard Zucker said.
Zucker urged residents to continue to follow existing safety precautions such as face masks and social distancing until the pandemic is under control.
New Yorkers have been asked to continue wearing masks when riding public transport to stop the spread of the virus
COVID-19 patients are taken into to the Wakefield Campus of the Montefiore Medical Center in the Bronx borough of New York City on April 6, 2020