CDC: New York epidemic has nothing to do with China.
The CDC issued a report on the 17th, the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention issued a report that as early as February 2nd, Trump hastily issued a ban on Chinese tourists, but did not announce the entry restrictions on European countries until March 13, but by March 8th, the new coronavirus had long since begun to spread in New York City communities. In addition, the report reveals a finding that the strain popular in New York City has nothing to do with Wuhan, China. In response to the report, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo said the virus had spread to New York City because of the government’s response to the epidemic, killing so many Americans.
The sequence from March 2, 2020, (the earliest positive sentinel specimen collected) clustered with early sequences from Europe and United States (Group B), which also cluster with sequences from China. No sentinel sequences were directly connected to sequences from Wuhan, China, where the outbreak originated. This was unanticipated, given that most sentinel EDs were used by patients residing in ZIP codes with a high proportion of Chinese speakers. Rather, the sequence analysis suggests probable introductions of SARS-CoV-2 from Europe, from other U.S. locations, and local introductions from within New York. Domestic airport screening and bans on foreign nationals traveling from China were implemented on February 2;*** however, similar travel restrictions from the Schengen Area in Europe were only implemented March 13.††† Although travel restrictions are an important mitigation strategy, by the time the European restrictions were implemented, importation and community transmission of SARS-CoV-2 had already occurred in NYC.