Nearly 20 New Cases Of COVID Variants Detected In New York

Nearly 20 new cases of COVID-19 variants believed to be more contagious have been detected in New York.

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- Nearly 20 new cases of COVID-19 variants believed to be more contagious have now been detected in New York. Governor Cuomo says that a second case of the variant, first found in South Africa, now confirmed in Nassau County. 18 new cases, the variant first seen in the UK, have been identified throughout the state. Nassau, Rockland counties, each have two cases. Dutchess, Putnam, Westchester have one each. New York City has six new cases.

Mayor de Blasio says safety guidelines will remain in place until early summer.

BILL DE BLASIO: We're very concerned about the variance, for example. That's a big X factor. But I think a good way for New Yorkers to think about now is for the first half of this year-- from now through June-- keep doing exactly what you're doing. Not just wear a mask, wear two.

- Mayor de Blasio says the city hopes to have 5 million New Yorkers fully vaccinated by June.