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Omicron Variant: 5 More Cases Detected In New York

Gov. Kathy Hochul announced the confirmed cases during a joint press conference with Mayor Bill de Blasio on Thursday evening. All of the cases are said to be mild and everyone recovered at home.

5 more cases of Omicron reported in New York
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New York: As many as five cases of Covid-19 Omicron variant have surfaced in New York City, taking cumulative tally in the US to eight. “New York State has confirmed five cases of the omicron variant. Let me be clear: This is not a cause for alarm. We knew this variant was coming and we have the tools to stop the spread. Get your vaccine.

Get your booster. Wear your mask,” informed Governor of New York State in a tweet on Friday. Other cases of infection with the COVID-19 Omicron variant in the US have been reported in the state of Minnesota, Colorado, while the first case was confirmed in the state of California. A new variant of Covid-19 was first reported to the World Health Organisation (WHO) from South Africa on November 25.

Gov. Kathy Hochul announced the confirmed cases during a joint press conference with Mayor Bill de Blasio on Thursday evening. All of the cases are said to be mild and everyone recovered at home. “We just want to make sure that the public is aware of information when we receive it,” Hochul said. The five confirmed cases in the state of New York include:

A 67-year-old woman in Suffolk County who had been in South Africa is least partially vaccinated. Two people are from Queens and their gender is unknown and also unknown if vaccinated, fourth person is from Brooklyn and unknown if vaccinated, one case in an unidentified borough.

As per the WHO, the first known confirmed B.1.1.529 infection was from a specimen collected on November 9 this year. On November 26, the WHO named the new Covid-19 variant B.1.1.529, which has been detected in South Africa, as ‘Omicron’. The WHO has classified Omicron as a ‘variant of concern’. Dozens of countries have imposed travel restrictions on the southern African nations since the mutation was discovered.

(With Inputs from ANI)

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