ALBANY, N.Y. – New York confirmed the first case of the U.K. variant of coronavirus in the state on Monday, according to Gov. Andrew Cuomo.
The Wadsworth Lab in Albany confirmed the Saratoga County man, who is in his 60s, tested positive for the new strain. According to Cuomo, the man has "no known travel history."
NEW: The Wadsworth Lab has confirmed New York State’s first case of the U.K. variant (B.1.1.7) of the virus that causes COVID.
An individual from Saratoga County, New York, tested positive for the strain. The individual had no known travel history.
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The new strain is said to be up to 70% more contagious than others.
Earlier Monday, Cuomo said hospitals were behind on administering vaccines, and could face fines if they do not speed up the process this week.