New COVID mutation

Dr. Anthony Fauci warns the new variant detected in the U.K. is likely already in the U.S. ABC’s Mona Kosar Abdi reports.
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This morning doctor Anthony found she warns the new corona virus variant is likely already in the US given the travel throughout the world. I would not be surprised if it's already here the mutation which could be 70% more contagious has forced parts of England into a strict lockdown more than forty countries have now suspended trouble to and from the UK but the US. Has not followed scientists say it's hotter and usual for viruses to mutate. And the Kobe vaccines are likely affected against the mutation doctor Anthony about G says a UK travel ban would be premature. I don't think that that that kind of a draconian. Approach is necessary. I think we should seriously consider. The possibility of requiring. Testing. Of people before they come from the UK here but I don't think that there's enough evidence right now to essentially locked down any travel from the UK. In New York several airlines have now agreed to governor Andrew Cuomo's request that passengers boarding flights from the UK test negative but Cuomo is slamming the US government. For not restricting flights. The authorities say a they haven't found the strain here yet I believe in two would have relieved it's already here. Why don't we act intelligently. For a change. In the meantime more than half a million Americans have now received the first dose. Of Pfizer's Kobe vaccine. Including president elect Joseph Biden today health secretary Alex a.s are and doctor felt she Emma Dern as vaccine which began arriving in hospitals Monday it comes as the US breaks another record more than a 1151000. Americans. Are now in the hospital with cove it. Overnight deputies in Los Angeles announced sixty arrests stemming from super spreader events LA's mayor who's in quarantine after his daughter tested positive. Got emotional while pleading with the people to stay home. No clear cut off from your children your grandchildren how much you yearn to just hold. We will get through this. Each individual decision we make his own life seizure. And this morning new concerns for an emergency medical technician who performed CPR and a man with coded like symptoms on a United Airlines flight. That passenger later dying the ENT now says he showing symptoms of cove it. I call you a little bit worse or headache will be a little bit worse Oprah rush yards a villages like like I get hit by train. Meanwhile new trouble for Amazon co but cases among workers. Have forced the company to shut down a new warehouse in New Jersey but Amazon and says it won't delayed shipments.

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