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.
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.
Prayers Up: Notable Black Folks Who Have Tested Positive For COVID-19
1. Secretary of Defense Lloyd AustinSource:Getty 1 of 84
2. Davante Adams, NFL playerSource:Getty 2 of 84
3. Gil Bailey, radio pioneer3 of 84
4. Rev. William BarberSource:Getty 4 of 84
5. Usain Bolt, Olympic gold medalist
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6. Sen. Cory BookerSource:Getty 6 of 84
7. Keisha Lance Bottoms, Atlanta mayorSource:Getty 7 of 84
8. Jaylen Brown, NBA playerSource:Getty 8 of 84
9. Herman Cain, former presidential candidateSource:Getty 9 of 84
10. Nick Cannon, entertainerSource:Getty 10 of 84
11. Ben Carson, former HUD SecretarySource:Getty 11 of 84
12. Cedric Ceballos, former NBA player
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On my 10th day in ICU, COVID-19 is officially kicking my but, I am asking ALL family, friends , prayer warriors healers for your prayers and well wish for my recovery.— Cedric Ceballos (@cedceballos) September 7, 2021
If I have done and anything to you in the past , allow me to publicly apologize.
My fight is not done…..
13. Dave Chappelle, comedianSource:Getty 13 of 84
14. Rep. Bonnie Watson ColemanSource:Getty 14 of 84
15. Eugene Daniels, journalist
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🧵🧵So today is my 11th day since testing positive for COVID-19. And let me tell you -- it was HELL. I am fully vaccinated and it knocked me on my ass. I had chills, a scary high fever, night sweats, trouble breathing, extreme exhaustion, and the terrible cough.— Eugene Daniels (@EugeneDaniels2) September 23, 2021
16. Jacob Desvarieux, guitaristSource:Getty 16 of 84
17. Manu Dibango, musicianSource:Getty 17 of 84
18. Andre Dickens, Atlanta Mayor-ElectSource:Getty 18 of 84
19. Dennis Dickson, NYPD employee19 of 84
20. Kevin Durant, NBA starSource:Getty 20 of 84
21. 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
22. Kenneth "Babyface" EdmondsSource:Getty 22 of 84
23. 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
24. Patrick Ewing, basketball legendSource:Getty 24 of 84
25. Ronald Fenty, Rihanna's dadSource:Getty 25 of 84
26. Vivica A. Fox, actressSource:Getty 26 of 84
27. Cori "Coco" Gauff, tennis starSource:Getty 27 of 84
28. Jimmy Glenn, legendary boxing trainerSource:Getty 28 of 84
29. Rudy Gobert
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30. Whoopi GoldbergSource:Getty 30 of 84
31. Louis Gossett Jr., actor, philanthropistSource:Getty 31 of 84
32. Lee Green, former college hoops star
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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
33. Charles Gregory, Tyler Perry's makeup artrist
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34. Lewis Hamilton, Formula One driverSource:Getty 34 of 84
35. 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
36. Barry Harris, pioneering jazz pianistSource:Getty 36 of 84
37. Conan Harris, Rep. Ayanna Pressley's husbandSource:Getty 37 of 84
38. Antoine Hodge, opera singerSource:GoFundMe 38 of 84
39. 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
40. Callum Hudson-OdoiSource:Getty 40 of 84
41. DL Hughley, comedian41 of 84
42. Ahmed Ismail Hussein, Somali singer
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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
43. Jesse and Jacqueline JacksonSource:Getty 43 of 84
44. 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
45. Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson, actor
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46. Paul Johnson, house music DJSource:Getty 46 of 84
47. Jim Jones, rapperSource:Getty 47 of 84
48. Brad "Scarface" JordanSource:Getty 48 of 84
49. DeAndre Jordan, NBA starSource:Getty 49 of 84
50. Tim Lester, NFL starSource:Getty 50 of 84
51. LL Cool JSource:Getty 51 of 84
52. 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
53. Ellis Marsalis Jr., musicianSource:Getty 53 of 84
54. DeRay McKesson, activistSource:Getty 54 of 84
55. Von Miller, NFL starSource:Getty 55 of 84
56. Nicki MinajSource:Getty 56 of 84
57. Donovan Mitchell57 of 84
58. Wisconsin Rep. Rep. Gwen MooreSource:Getty 58 of 84
59. 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
60. U.S. Rep. Ayanna PressleySource:Getty 60 of 84
61. Charley Pride, country music legendSource:Getty 61 of 84
62. South African President Cyril RamaphosaSource:Getty 62 of 84
63. Biden Adviser, Rep. Cedric RichmondSource:Getty 63 of 84
64. 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
65. Chris Rock, actor and comedianSource:Getty 65 of 84
66. Wallace RoneySource:Getty 66 of 84
67. Marcus Smart67 of 84
68. Shaka Smart, University Of Texas Men's Basketball CoachSource:Getty 68 of 84
69. Troy Sneed, gospel singerSource:Getty 69 of 84
70. Sage SteeleSource:Getty 70 of 84
71. 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
72. Michael Strahan, 'Good Morning America' host, former NFL starSource:Getty 72 of 84
73. Carole Sutton, actressSource:Getty 73 of 84
74. Chucky Thompson, music producer, 53Source:Getty 74 of 84
75. Jeffrey "DJ Jazzy Jeff" Townes75 of 84
76. Mike Tomlin, Pittsburgh Steelers head coachSource:Getty 76 of 84
77. Karl-Anthony Towns, NBA starSource:Getty 77 of 84
78. Jo Thompson, singerSource:Getty 78 of 84
79. Karl-Anthony Towns' parents, Jacqueline Cruz and Karl-Anthony Towns Sr.79 of 84
80. Coby White, NBA playerSource:Getty 80 of 84
81. Juan Williams, Fox News HostSource:Getty 81 of 84
82. Wendy Williams, talk show hostSource:Getty 82 of 84
83. Randall Woodfin, Mayor of Birmingham, AlabamaSource:Getty 83 of 84
84. Zumbi, rapperSource:Getty 84 of 84
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