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NEW YORK – The SARS-CoV-2 virus that is causing the COVID-19 pandemic appears to have entered New York City mainly from Europe, according to independent viral genome sequencing studies from researchers at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, New York University Grossman School of Medicine, and Weill Cornell Medicine.

New York State has been hit hardest by the COVID-19 pandemic in the US, with 160,000 cases and more than 7,000 coronavirus-related deaths as of late Wednesday, including 87,000 cases and more than 5,000 deaths in New York City alone.

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