The New York authorities imposed a fine of $1 thousand for refusal of visitors from Britain from the mandatory quarantine upon arrival in the city. Mayor Bill de Blasio announced this on Wednesday, December 23, at a press conference broadcast on his Twitter feed.
вЂњThere is extremely disturbing news coming out of the United Kingdom about the rapid spread of a new strain of coronavirus. Every person flying in from the U.K. will receive a registered letter from the director of health with a mandatory quarantine order. Failure to comply with the order will be punishable by a fine of $1000. Every day of quarantine refusal will entail another fine of the same amountвЂќ, вЂ” said the mayor.
The new mutated variant of coronavirus was detected in Britain on December 14 вЂ” at the time about 1 thousand infections were registered in the south of the country.
Prime Minister Boris Johnson stated that the new strain of the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus was 70% more infectious than the original strain, but did not provide evidence of its greater lethality or severity of the disease in patients. On December 19, he announced tighter restrictive measures in London and the south because of the spread of infection.
On December 23, U.K. authorities reported that another mutated strain of the coronavirus had been detected in the country and had been imported from South Africa (South Africa).