Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Sunday known as it “reprehensible” and “grossly negligent” to permit UK vacationers to fly into JFK Airport with out being examined regardless of a contagious new mutation of the coronavirus shutting down London.
“Proper now, this variant within the UK is getting on a aircraft and flying to JFK,” Cuomo stated in a name to reporters Sunday of the mutation UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson has warned may very well be 70 p.c extra transmittable.
“Proper now. Immediately,” the governor confused, calling for the feds to impose coronavirus testing of UK vacationers at a “minimal,” if not an outright ban.
“Actually six flights a day. And all it takes is one individual,” he stated of the attainable seed for the brand new pressure’s unfold.
To date, France, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, Belgium, Austria, Eire and Bulgaria have all introduced bans or strict restrictions on UK vacationers since Johnson introduced London’s lockdown on Saturday.
A minimum of 120 international locations additionally be sure that vacationers from the UK get a unfavorable take a look at for the coronavirus earlier than letting them in, Cuomo stated — saying that Johnson’s sudden lockdown so near Christmas was a transparent signal of how “apparently harmful” the brand new mutation has confirmed.
“We now have about six flights a day coming in from the UK. And we’ve finished completely nothing,” he stated.
“To me, that is reprehensible, as a result of that is what occurs within the spring,” he stated, blaming New York’s wild early unfold of the contagion on vacationers from Europe, quite than immediately from the preliminary epicenter in Wuhan, China.
Some “120 international locations require testing, we don’t. Different European international locations have finished a ban, we haven’t. And at the moment that variant is getting on a aircraft and touchdown at JFK,” Cuomo repeated.
“The Port Authority has no authority to ban passengers, well being monitor passengers. It’s federal,” he stated.
“Doing nothing is negligent. It’s grossly negligent,” he fumed.
“What number of instances in life do it’s important to make the identical mistake earlier than you be taught?”
Cuomo confused that to date “we do not need any proof” that the brand new pressure has reached the US — saying that it’s a worry that “stored me up final night time.”
He additionally feared that there was solely a “working assumption” that the coronavirus vaccines can be efficient towards the brand new pressure, saying, “the consultants have been so improper … I take all of it with a grain of salt, to let you know the reality.”
UK chief Johnson stated Saturday that the fast-moving new variant of the virus is 70 p.c extra transmissible and accounts for greater than 60 p.c of latest infections in London and surrounding areas.
The World Well being Group tweeted late Saturday that it was “in shut contact with U.Okay. officers on the brand new #COVID19 virus variant” and promised to replace governments and the general public as extra is realized.
Britain has seen over 67,500 deaths within the pandemic — the second-highest confirmed toll in Europe after Italy — with greater than 2 million confirmed instances, based on Johns Hopkins College knowledge.
With Publish wires