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While the variant does not appear to cause more severe disease in people who are infected, it could lead to more hospitalizations as a result of an increase in cases.
New York State Governor Andrew Cuomo said on Tuesday that negative COVID-19 test results should be required not only for travelers from the United Kingdom but those from all countries, as infections of the British strain have been found in four U.S. states.
The variant is thought to be more transmissible but does not appear to make people more ill or increase the risk of death from COVID-19, experts have said.
While the variant does not appear to cause more severe disease in people who are infected and current vaccines should still work against it, it could lead to more hospitalizations as a result of an increase in cases, said the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) last week.
In late December, the CDC implemented an order that requires air passengers arriving in the United States from the United Kingdom to test negative, no more than 72 hours before departure.
As of Tuesday afternoon, the Johns Hopkins University reported 38,741 coronavirus deaths in New York State, the worst in the United States, a country which has recorded over 20.9 million cases and 355,600 related deaths so far.