Brooklyn resident, 90, has contagious Brazilian variant of COVID-19, Cuomo says

NEW YORK — The first New York case of the Brazilian coronavirus variant was found in an elderly Brooklyn resident, Gov. Andrew Cuomo said Saturday. The Brazilian variant is more easily transmitted and can cause more severe illness in those who are infected, researchers say. The Brooklyn patient is in their 90s and has “no travel history,” Cuomo said. The case was discovered at Mount Sinai Hospital. State and city health officials are investigating to learn more about the Brooklyn patient and the patient’s potential contacts with other people. Around the country, 48 cases of the variant, offici...