NEW YORK — A person from Connecticut who was transferred to New York City for treatment has a concerning variant of COVID-19 first detected in South Africa, Gov. Andrew Cuomo confirmed Monday afternoon.

In his coronavirus press briefing, Cuomo said the infected person was transferred from Connecticut directly to a city hospital. He said the infected person is not a New York City resident, rather someone from Connecticut who was transferred to the city for a procedure.

Cuomo did not confirm where this patient tested positive for COVID-19.

Cuomo said there is no evidence of any spread in New York.

Scientists worry about how lethal the variant is and if it reduces the COVID-19 vaccine’s efficacy.


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