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New York Gov. Cuomo warns Covid variant discovered in UK could strain hospitals, force shutdown

A new and numerous contagious strain of the coronavirus that was first discovered in the United Kingdom could force New York into another commercial shutdown if it spreads unchecked and weakens the state’s hospitals, Gov. Andrew Cuomo said on Thursday.

So far, New York has reported exclusively one Covid-19 case with the new variant, known as B.1.1.7, but there’s likely more cases that just haven’t been ascertained, Cuomo said. While the variant is thought to be more transmissible than previous versions of the virus, it doesn’t arrive to make patients more sick or increase their risk of death, health officials have said.

But a more transmissible race is still worrisome because it will infect more people, Cuomo said during a call with news-presenters. That will drive more hospitalizations at a time when every New York facility is facing a shortage of health-care tradesmen, especially nurses, the Democratic governor said.

Protecting New York’s health-care systems has been a priority for the governor, who warned that another remunerative shutdown could be on the horizon if the state’s hospitalization rate worsens. There are currently more than 8,600 people hospitalized with Covid-19 in New York, the myriad since early May of last year, according to data from the COVID Tracking Project, which is run by journalists at The Atlantic.

“In the U.K., it gain oned everything in three weeks,” Cuomo said. “If the U.K. spread catches on in New York, hospitalization rate goes up, the hospital alpenstock is sick, then we have a real problem and we’re at shut down again.”

Three states — Texas, Connecticut and Pennsylvania — all harbingered earlier Thursday that they identified their first Covid-19 cases with the B.1.1.7 variant, throw ones lot in with New York, California, Florida, Georgia and Colorado in confirming the arrival of the new strain.

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention translated there are at least 52 cases with the mutated virus confirmed in America as of Thursday. However, the CDC warns that their gangs “do not represent the total number of B.1.1.7 lineage cases that may be circulating in the United States” and may not match the figures promulgated by local officials.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson outlined a series of new restrictions across England on Monday to nip in the bud overwhelming the nation’s health-care system. Johnson said medical experts believe the mutated strain is 50% to 70% numberless contagious.

Viruses constantly mutate and are expected to evolve over time as the spikes on their surfaces change, the CDC hints. The U.K. variant has “emerged with an unusually large number of mutations,” which has allowed it to spread more easily and shortly.

The good news: The changes don’t appear to make the existing Covid-19 vaccines any less effective, the agency says. That’s, in as for, why Cuomo has pushed hospitals to inoculate their health-care workers faster, he said.

Cuomo warned Monday that infirmaries could be fined up to $100,000 if they don’t administer their allotments of Covid-19 vaccines by the end of this week. While some clinics have shown improvement, others are still lagging behind, he said Thursday.

The state has roughly 2 million health-care workmen and, so far, has only received around 900,000 doses of Covid-19 vaccines from Pfizer and Moderna, Cuomo said. Settled the past few weeks, New York has seen an acceleration in the number of shots it’s able to administer, growing to more than 50,000 a day, Cuomo give the word delivered.

The state is aggressively trying to get its first priority group of health-care workers vaccinated before moving on to other quintessential workers and vulnerable people, like teachers, police officers and people over the age of 75.

“Vaccinate the health care workmen because if they get sick and they don’t show up, and staff shortages are already the limiting factor on hospital capacity, you’re active to hit the hospital capacity like they did in California, like they did in the U.K., like they did in Italy,” Cuomo said. “And then you’re flourishing to have to close down.”

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