New York reports first case of Brazilian Covid variant

A case of the Covid variant first identified in Brazil has been found in New York for the first time, according to officials.

The variant was found by scientists from the Mount Sinai hospital in New York City, and verified by the state health department on Saturday.

The person infected with the variant, also called P.1, was said to be a resident of Brooklyn who was in their 90’s and with no recent travel history.

It follows the discovery of the Brazilian variant in over a dozen other US states, and classification of P.1 as a “variant of concern” by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

Andrew Cuomo, the state’s governor, said “the detection of the Brazilian variant here in New York further underscores the importance of taking all the appropriate steps to continue to protect your health.”

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