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 Contracted COVID-19
1. Davante Adams, NFL playerSource:Getty 1 of 75
2. Gil Bailey, radio pioneer2 of 75
3. Usain Bolt, Olympic gold medalist
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4. Keisha Lance Bottoms, Atlanta mayorSource:Getty 4 of 75
5. Jaylen Brown, NBA playerSource:Getty 5 of 75
6. Herman Cain, former presidential candidateSource:Getty 6 of 75
7. Nick Cannon, entertainerSource:Getty 7 of 75
8. Ben Carson, former HUD SecretarySource:Getty 8 of 75
9. 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…..
10. Dave Chappelle, comedianSource:Getty 10 of 75
11. Rep. Bonnie Watson ColemanSource:Getty 11 of 75
12. 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
13. Jacob Desvarieux, guitaristSource:Getty 13 of 75
14. Manu Dibango, musicianSource:Getty 14 of 75
15. Dennis Dickson, NYPD employee15 of 75
16. Kevin Durant, NBA starSource:Getty 16 of 75
17. 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
18. Kenneth "Babyface" EdmondsSource:Getty 18 of 75
19. 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
20. Patrick Ewing, basketball legendSource:Getty 20 of 75
21. Ronald Fenty, Rihanna's dadSource:Getty 21 of 75
22. Vivica A. Fox, actressSource:Getty 22 of 75
23. Cori "Coco" Gauff, tennis starSource:Getty 23 of 75
24. Jimmy Glenn, legendary boxing trainerSource:Getty 24 of 75
25. Rudy Gobert
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26. Louis Gossett Jr., actor, philanthropistSource:Getty 26 of 75
27. 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
28. Charles Gregory, Tyler Perry's makeup artrist
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29. Lewis Hamilton, Formula One driverSource:Getty 29 of 75
30. 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
31. Conan Harris, Rep. Ayanna Pressley's husbandSource:Getty 31 of 75
32. Antoine Hodge, opera singerSource:GoFundMe 32 of 75
33. 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
34. Callum Hudson-OdoiSource:Getty 34 of 75
35. DL Hughley, comedian35 of 75
36. 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
37. Jesse and Jacqueline JacksonSource:Getty 37 of 75
38. 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
39. Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson, actor
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40. Paul Johnson, house music DJSource:Getty 40 of 75
41. Jim Jones, rapperSource:Getty 41 of 75
42. Brad "Scarface" JordanSource:Getty 42 of 75
43. DeAndre Jordan, NBA starSource:Getty 43 of 75
44. Tim Lester, NFL starSource:Getty 44 of 75
45. 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
46. Ellis Marsalis Jr., musicianSource:Getty 46 of 75
47. DeRay McKesson, activistSource:Getty 47 of 75
48. Von Miller, NFL starSource:Getty 48 of 75
49. Nicki MinajSource:Getty 49 of 75
50. Donovan Mitchell50 of 75
51. Wisconsin Rep. Rep. Gwen MooreSource:Getty 51 of 75
52. 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
53. Charley Pride, country music legendSource:Getty 53 of 75
54. Biden Adviser, Rep. Cedric RichmondSource:Getty 54 of 75
55. 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
56. Chris Rock, actor and comedianSource:Getty 56 of 75
57. Wallace RoneySource:Getty 57 of 75
58. Marcus Smart58 of 75
59. Shaka Smart, University Of Texas Men's Basketball CoachSource:Getty 59 of 75
60. Troy Sneed, gospel singerSource:Getty 60 of 75
61. Sage SteeleSource:Getty 61 of 75
62. 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
63. Michael Strahan, 'Good Morning America' host, former NFL starSource:Getty 63 of 75
64. Carole Sutton, actressSource:Getty 64 of 75
65. Chucky Thompson, music producer, 53Source:Getty 65 of 75
66. Jeffrey "DJ Jazzy Jeff" Townes66 of 75
67. Mike Tomlin, Pittsburgh Steelers head coachSource:Getty 67 of 75
68. Karl-Anthony Towns, NBA starSource:Getty 68 of 75
69. Jo Thompson, singerSource:Getty 69 of 75
70. Karl-Anthony Towns' parents, Jacqueline Cruz and Karl-Anthony Towns Sr.70 of 75
71. Coby White, NBA playerSource:Getty 71 of 75
72. Juan Williams, Fox News HostSource:Getty 72 of 75
73. Wendy Williams, talk show hostSource:Getty 73 of 75
74. Randall Woodfin, Mayor of Birmingham, AlabamaSource:Getty 74 of 75
75. Zumbi, rapperSource:Getty 75 of 75
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