De Blasio confirms 2 NYC residents infected with UK COVID-19 variant

By WCBS Newsradio 880

NEW YORK (WCBS 880) — Mayor Bill de Blasio said two New York City residents have come down with the more contagious COVID-19 variant that was first identified in the United Kingdom.

The city's health commissioner, Dr. Dave Chokshi, said one is from Queens, the other from Manhattan.

Both patients were originally diagnosed in late December.

The mayor said one of the patients had traveled to the U.K.

The city's Test and Trace Corps is following up with the patients.

Chokshi says it's important to remain vigilant and continue taking precautions.

"I think my clear, core message is that it should compel us to be even more vigilant about the precautions that we can take both to protect ourselves as well as to protect others," Chokshi said.

De Blasio again called on the federal government to impose a travel ban from the United Kingdom to the United States.

Starting Jan. 26, the CDC will require international travelers coming to the U.S. to show proof of a negative COVID-19 test before boarding.