You are reading

Queens Resident Tests Positive for UK Coronavirus Variant

Dr. Dave A. Chokshi, Commissioner of the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene Photo Credit: Ed Reed/Mayoral Photography Office.

Jan. 13, 2021 By Christina Santucci

A Queens resident has tested positive for the highly-transmissible variant of COVID-19, city officials announced Wednesday.

Mayor Bill de Blasio said during a news conference that the variant, which was first identified in the United Kingdom, had been detected in two New York City residents. One resident is from Queens, the other from Manhattan.

One of them had recently traveled to the U.K., although officials did not say which one. Furthermore, officials declined to identify the neighborhoods where the residents live, citing privacy concerns.

Dr. Dave Chokshi, the city’s health commissioner, said that both people had been diagnosed with coronavirus in late December, and genetic sequencing showed that their infections had been from the U.K. variant “within the past few hours.”

So far, 12 cases of the U.K. variant have been detected in New York state, de Blasio said.

email the author: news@queenspost.com
No comments yet

Leave a Comment
Reply to this Comment

All comments are subject to moderation before being posted.

This site is protected by reCAPTCHA and the Google Privacy Policy and Terms of Service apply.

Recent News

Burglar sought for stealing property, cash from employee locker room in Glendale: NYPD

Police from the 104th Precinct in Ridgewood are looking for a burglar who stole property and cash from an employee locker room at a warehouse in Glendale that is home to the Finback Brewery factory and other businesses on the night of Thursday, July 18.

The perpetrator entered the building at 76-01 77th Ave., near Edsall Avenue and the Long Island Rail Road tracks, just before 8 p.m. and proceeded to remove more than $1,340 in cash, a watch worth $140 and a wallet containing debit cards that belonged to one of the workers, according to an NYPD spokeswoman. The unidentified man fled the location on foot westbound on Edsall Avenue toward Cooper Avenue.

AG James announces dismantling of Queens-based ghost gun trafficking operation

New York Attorney General Letitia James announced Wednesday the takedown of a prolific Queens-based gun trafficking crew accused of selling firearms and ammo at an East Elmhurst playground, the Queens Center Mall and other locations around the borough.

James secured a 625-count indictment charging five men for participating in the gun smuggling ring, which involved selling dozens of ghost guns, assault weapons, high-capacity magazines and hundreds of rounds of ammunition.