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Most New York cases came from Europe, study suggests

A new study suggests that most of the Covid cases in New York – the worst hit state in the US – came from travellers in Europe, the New York Times reports.

“The majority is clearly European,” Harm van Bakel of the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, the co-author of the paper, told the Times.

The study is awaiting peer review.

A separate team at the NYU Grossman School of Medicine came to a similar conclusion, despite studying a different group of cases.

On 1 Feb, President Trump barred foreign nationals from entering the country if they had previously been in China. But it was not until March that he began blocking travellers from most European countries.

The near-global lockdown has brought something of a breather to Asia’s normally congested megacities.

Where just weeks ago gridlock and pollution were part of the daily routine, traffic has all but disappeared in some places.

In Manila, the city’s chronically jammed Epifanio Delos Santos Avenue saw a staggering 96% drop in cars, according to data published by the mapping company TomTom.

In Delhi, in India, congestion was down by about 59%, while the Indonesian capital Jakarta saw a 48% drop on the same time last year. In Bangkok, Thailand, traffic was down by 31%.

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