2020 is still very much upon us.
Parts of Europe were in full panic mode Monday morning as public health officials there reported what seemed to be the outbreak of a new mutant strain of Covid-19 that is described as being exponentially more contagious than the one that’s already caused a global pandemic.
The new strain’s apparent epicenter is in the United Kingdom, from where Britons were scrambling to leave major cities like London in an effort to escape looming lockdowns. But the mutation of the coronavirus has already been reported well outside of London, including in the Netherlands, Denmark, Belgium, Iceland and even Australia.
Public health experts have traced those cases back to the U.K., where Covid cases have been surging in recent weeks. They said it’s not out of the ordinary for a virus to mutate. However, this particular version of Covid is extraordinary because of its higher levels of contagion.
“While it is known and expected that viruses constantly change through mutation leading to the emergence of new variants, preliminary analysis in the UK suggests that this variant is significantly more transmissible than previously circulating variants, with an estimated potential to increase the reproductive number (R) by 0.4 or greater with an estimated increased transmissibility of up to 70%,” the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control said in a news update Sunday. They referred to the Covid mutation as “a SARS-CoV-2 variant.”
A growing number of countries have suspended flights to and from the U.K. They include Canada, France, Germany, Israel, Iran, Colombia and Morocco. Saudi Arabia closed its borders and suspended all flights to and from everywhere.
Notably missing from that list of nations is the United States.
“Today that variant is getting on a plane and landing at JFK,” New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo said Sunday in reference to New York City’s biggest airport during a press briefing. “How many times in life do you have to make the same mistake before you learn?”
Cuomo said Monday he believes “it’s already” in the U.S.
Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D-NY) on new COVID variant found in the UK: “I believe, intuitively, it’s already here.” pic.twitter.com/UIMHlnr6fo
— The Recount (@therecount) December 21, 2020
There was no immediate announcement from the U.S. Department of State aside from a standing and general Covid-19 travel advisory against international travel.
The Covid mutation comes just days after coronavirus vaccines started being administered across the world.
As a result, the stock market plunged.
President-elect Joe Biden was scheduled to be given the Covid vaccine live on TV as health workers and national leaders alike attempt to show unity in an effort to compel Americans to also get vaccinated.
While polling shows that more Black people are willing to be vaccinated, there is still a disproportionate number who are not. Black people remain the worst hit by the pandemic; not just health-wise but also economically and socially.
Notable Black Folks Who Have Contracted The Coronavirus
1. Usain Bolt, Olympic gold medalist
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2. Gil Bailey, radio pioneer2 of 52
3. Keisha Lance Bottoms, Atlanta mayorSource:Getty 3 of 52
4. Herman Cain, former presidential candidateSource:Getty 4 of 52
5. Ben CarsonSource:Getty 5 of 52
6. Rep. Bonnie Watson ColemanSource:Getty 6 of 52
7. Manu DibangoSource:Getty 7 of 52
8. Dennis Dickson8 of 52
9. Kevin DurantSource:Getty 9 of 52
10. Larry Edgeworth
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Prayers to the family of NBC’s Larry Edgeworth 💔🙏🏽 and my former colleagues at 30 Rock. He died after testing positive for #coronavirus. Larry would always offer to help me ...even after I moved to CBS. He just wanted to see another brother win. #IAmMyBrothersKeeper Rest 🙏🏽 pic.twitter.com/TyXbiHs30d— DeMarco Morgan (@DeMarcoReports) March 20, 2020
11. Kenneth "Babyface" EdmondsSource:Getty 11 of 52
12. Idris and Sabrina Dhowre Elba
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This morning I tested positive for Covid 19. I feel ok, I have no symptoms so far but have been isolated since I found out about my possible exposure to the virus. Stay home people and be pragmatic. I will keep you updated on how I’m doing 👊🏾👊🏾 No panic. pic.twitter.com/Lg7HVMZglZ— Idris Elba (@idriselba) March 16, 2020
13. Patrick Ewing, basketball legendSource:Getty 13 of 52
14. Ronald Fenty, Rihanna's dadSource:Getty 14 of 52
15. Vivica A. Fox, actressSource:Getty 15 of 52
16. Jimmy Glenn, legendary boxing trainerSource:Getty 16 of 52
17. Rudy Gobert
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18. Louis Gossett Jr., actor, philanthropistSource:Getty 18 of 52
19. Lee Green
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It is with much sadness to inform all in my SJU family that we lost Lee Green to Covid-19 today. A Parade All-American who played 3 years at #SJUBB Lee was our warrior on those teams. A true lock em up defender that relished shutting down the best opponents. RIP Lee🙏🏻 #gone2soon pic.twitter.com/X4TIPbVvoU— Ron Linfonte (@SJU5) March 24, 2020
20. Charles Gregory, Tyler Perry's makeup artrist
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21. Lewis Hamilton, Formula One driverSource:Getty 21 of 52
22. Samuel Hargress Jr., owner of legendary Harlem nightclub
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Thank You for your friendship Sam! 💔#RIP💔 Harlem's Paris Blues Jazz Club has been a celebrated local music joint since 1969, playing live jazz and blues nightly. It's owner and manager, Mr. Samuel Hargress Jr., has been in the club nearly every day for the past 51 years. 💫🔥💫 pic.twitter.com/oSM9Cbzzdb— B Michael (@bmichaelAmerica) April 15, 2020
23. Conan Harris, Rep. Ayanna Pressley's husbandSource:Getty 23 of 52
24. Mike Huckaby, techno music pioneer and DJ
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R.I.P Mike Huckaby. You will forever continue to change so many peoples lives with your music, technique and mentoring. These clips of Huck are from ‘Detroit The Blueprint Of Techno’ 💔 pic.twitter.com/8t8c83Uy2K— Dark Entries Records (@darkentriesrecs) April 25, 2020
25. Callum Hudson-OdoiSource:Getty 25 of 52
26. DL Hughley, comedian26 of 52
27. Ahmed Ismail Hussein, Somali singer, 92
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BREAKING: One of Somalia’s greatest artists has died in London after contracting Corona Virus. Ahmed Ismail Hussein “Hudeydi” known as the “King of Oud” has been in hospital for four days. He was 92. pic.twitter.com/iCii8vYVVv— Harun Maruf (@HarunMaruf) April 8, 2020
28. Wilson Roosevelt Jerman, former White House butler
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Tonight on @fox5dc at 10p -— 𝙎𝙝𝙖𝙬𝙣 𝙔𝙖𝙣𝙘𝙮 (@ShawnYancyTV) May 20, 2020
He served at the pleasure of 11 U.S. Presidents... during his 55 years at the White House.
Last weekend, he passed from COVID-19.
My exclusive interview with the granddaughter of White House butler, Wilson Jerman is next! pic.twitter.com/SBiXbQLiud
29. Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson
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30. Brad "Scarface" JordanSource:Getty 30 of 52
31. DeAndre Jordan, NBA starSource:Getty 31 of 52
32. Tim Lester, NFL starSource:Getty 32 of 52
33. James Mahoney, pulmonologist
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Dr. James Mahoney at University Hospital of Brooklyn pic.twitter.com/SXBxNlzApr— Lieutenant Kijé (@BrianLemaire2) May 19, 2020
34. Ellis Marsalis Jr.Source:Getty 34 of 52
35. DeRay McKessonSource:Getty 35 of 52
36. Von MillerSource:Getty 36 of 52
37. Donovan Mitchell
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38. Wisconsin Rep. Rep. Gwen MooreSource:Getty 38 of 52
39. Lloyd Porter, small business owner in Brooklyn
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Devastated to hear Lloyd Porter has pass away from covid19. Lloyd was a pillar in Brooklyn. His coffee shop Breadstuy is where I met some of my closest friends. He sometimes hired people with records that couldn't easily find work. He believed in community. Rest well Brother— Blitz Bazawule (@BlitzAmbassador) May 7, 2020
40. Charley Pride, country music legendSource:Getty 40 of 52
41. Biden Adviser, Rep. Cedric RichmondSource:Getty 41 of 52
42. Arnie Robinson Jr., Olympian
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Arnie Robinson Jr., who won the gold medal in the long jump at the 1976 Summer Olympics in Montreal, died on Dec. 2 at his home in San Diego. He was 72. https://t.co/lYnpSbWkzO— NYT Sports (@NYTSports) December 16, 2020
43. Wallace RoneySource:Getty 43 of 52
44. Marcus Smart44 of 52
45. Troy Sneed, gospel singerSource:Getty 45 of 52
46. Oliver "DJ Black N Mild" Stokes Jr.
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New Orleans bounce DJ and radio personality Black N Mild has died after testing positive for coronavirus. For the past 25 years, he also deejayed at countless clubs, parties and other private events across the southeast. pic.twitter.com/2e6mnKhiXQ— Eric Alper 🎧 (@ThatEricAlper) March 21, 2020
47. Carole Sutton, actressSource:Getty 47 of 52
48. Jeffrey "DJ Jazzy Jeff" Townes48 of 52
49. Karl-Anthony Towns, NBA starSource:Getty 49 of 52
50. Karl-Anthony Towns' parents, Jacqueline Cruz and Karl-Anthony Towns Sr.50 of 52
51. Juan Williams, Fox News HostSource:Getty 51 of 52
52. Randall Woodfin, Mayor of Birmingham, AlabamaSource:Getty 52 of 52
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