Governor Andrew Cuomo said on Sunday that residents of Long Island are the first known case of the South African coronavirus mutation in New York State.
The governor said in a press release that a variant version of COVID-19 was found in a resident of Nassau County.
A week before the announcement, a Connecticut resident who was hospitalized in New York City was found to have the virus.
The virus was first discovered in South Africa and was first discovered in the United States last month-scientists believe that it spreads more easily than other virus variants.
Cuomo said that arriving at the Empire State Building means “New Yorkers are more vigilant, wearing masks, washing their hands and keeping their distance from society is more important than ever.”
He said: “We are currently in the game-between our vaccination ability and actively trying to spread these variants-only by maintaining cleverness and discipline, we can win the game.”
Nassau County Administrator Laura Curran (Laura Curran) also urged residents to continue to take preventive measures.
Kuran said in a statement: “We don’t think the South African variant is more deadly, but it may be more contagious.” “The best response is to keep trying and take real precautions: wear a mask and avoid socializing Gathering, evacuating distance, staying at home and getting checked when sick.”
At the same time, after the state’s latest COVID-19 data surged around the holiday season, the number of hospitalizations and deaths continued to show a downward trend.
Last Saturday, there were 5,800 hospitalizations due to the virus, which is more than 800 fewer than a week ago.
Officials recorded 75 COVID-19 deaths on Saturday, the first time the daily death toll has fallen below 100 since December 16.
Cuomo also announced that the state’s COVID-19 positive rate was 2.99%, falling below 3% for the first time since November 23.
Cuomo said: “We are still seeing a decline in positive rates and hospitalization rates across the state. This is good news, and this development allows us to further open the door to the economy.”