Hospitals and labs are conducting tests to determine if a new strain, or variant, of coronavirus currently spreading across the United Kingdom has arrived in New York, Gov. Andrew Cuomo said Tuesday.

So far, about 4,000 tests in New York have returned zero positives for the new strain, which health officials in the U.K. said is much more infectious than earlier versions that have killed more than 317,000 Americans, Cuomo said.

The new strain has not been detected in the U.S. yet, but it’s drawing attention as vaccines are being rolled out.

The effort to test for the new strain in New York comes after three airlines on Monday agreed to require negative COVID-19 test results of all travelers boarding flights from the U.K. to New York state airports. Read More..