What's more, a Minnesota case of the new variant indicates it may have been circulating in the U.S. far earlier than previously believed.
It is unknown where in the state four of the cases are As of Wednesday afternoon, 83 infections have been detected in 11 states: California, Colorado, Connecticut, Florida, Georgia, Indiana, Minnesota, New York, Pennsylvania, Texas and Wisconsin.
The first case in New York was identified in a man in 60s last week at a jewelry store in Saratoga Springs, a city about 190 miles north of New York City.
With cases of the new variant spreading, now infecting least 83 people in 11 states, de Blasio called once again for a complete travel ban from the UK.
Two New York City residents have contracted the highly contagious coronavirus variant first identified in the UK.