Mayor de Blasio Calls for Travel Ban from U.K. after State Reports 12 Cases of COVID variant
By Yehudit Garmaise
After New York state reported 12 new cases of people who have contracted the new COVID-19 strain from the United Kingdom, Mayor Bill de Blasio said that the federal government’s requirement of international travelers to provide negative coronavirus “is not good enough.”
“There should be an immediate travel ban from the United Kingdom to the United States,” said Mayor de Blasio, who added that two of those infected live in New York City: one in Queens and one in Manhattan.
“One of [the residents of New York City who is infected with the new strain recently] travelled to the United Kingdom and has brought the variant back here,” the mayor said this morning at his press briefing. “We need that stopped. Flights from the United Kingdom should be cancelled immediately by the federal government.”
The Test & Trace Corps is engaged with the two New York City residents, the mayor said.
Referring to the UK variant of the coronavirus, Jay Varma, Mayor de Blasio’s senior adviser for public health, added, “This is a very urgent and real concern.”
Credit: Ed Reed/Mayoral Photography Office.
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