Two cases of highly contagious U.K. variant of coronavirus detected in Suffolk County | RiverheadLOCAL
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New York State has now confirmed 22 cases of the more contagious U.K. variant of SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19.
Two cases of the U.K. variant of the coronavirus have been identified in Suffolk County, Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced yesterday.

The Suffolk cases were among four new cases identified by the state's laboratory. The other two were identified in Saratoga County and and Warren County. New York's first case of the U.K. strain was identified early this month in Saratoga County.

These newly identified cases bring the total number of known cases of the U.K. variant in New York to 22. Two of those known cases were previously identified in Nassau County.

The U.K. strain of the virus, is a more contagious variant of the SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19. Known as B.1.1.7, the variant emerged last month, and the rapid transmissibility of the variant alarmed health officials in the United Kingdom and prompted Prime Minister Boris Johnson to implement new national lockdowns. The surging virus has since strained hospitals in the U.K.

U.S. public health officials have been monitoring the spread of the U.K. variant of the…
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