“Do not overreact” to the mutated virus strain

Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, warns against the “exaggerated reaction” to a mutated strain of coronavirus that is spreading in parts of the United Kingdom and does not yet want restrictions on flights to and from the country.

In an interview with CNN on Monday, Fauci, who is also a member of the White House coronavirus task force, said the United States should “no doubt keep an eye on the new strain, but” we don’t want it to overreact. . “

“Follow him carefully, but don’t react too much to him,” he added.

In a separate statement, the head of the White House coronavirus test, Adm. Brett Giroir said travel restrictions were discussed with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) over the weekend.

“I think we are waiting for CDC recommendations. Last night, talking to Dr. Redfield, there was no recommendation for this. Again, we receive more information every hour. I think that, as we have done and must do, we must listen to the best experts “, said Giroir.

Giroir also left the door open for the repression of travel in the UK

“I think anything is possible,” he said. “We just have to put everything on the table, have an open scientific discussion and make the best recommendation.”

Earlier Monday, the governor of New York. Andrew Cuomo (D) asked the Trump administration to ban travel in the UK

Cuomo asked during a press briefing: “Why don’t we mandate testing before people take off or stop flights in the UK now? Many other countries have done this. “

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio (D) has issued a similar appeal.

To date, the following countries have restricted travel through the UK due to the new strain of virus: France, Canada, Ireland, Chile, Colombia, Hong Kong, Estonia and Poland.