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In New York they urge to continue with the use of masks before the new Omicron variant

The New York authorities call on the population to be vaccinated against the new Omicron variant.

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The New York authorities have urged all its residents to wear the mask indoors all the time in public places, as well as to be vaccinated, after the appearance of the omicron, the new strain of the covid, although no case has yet been detected in the state.

“The omicron is across the bridge in Ontario. It is no longer a question of whether it will arrive in New York, but when it will, ”State Governor Kathy Hochul said on her Twitter account.

“The vaccine is the best tool to protect yourself, your loved ones and your community,” said Hochul, who last Friday issued an executive order, which goes into effect on December 3, declaring a state of emergency until next January 15, after the appearance of the new variant in Africa.

This order indicates that “New York is now experiencing transmission of covid-19 at rates the state has not seen since April 2020” and will allow hospitals to restrict non-urgent procedures to ensure they have sufficient capacity for those infected. by the virus.

The governor has mandated that all nursing homes and adult care centers have the booster doses available to their residents.

Also the head of the city’s health sector, David Chokshi, pointed out in a joint press conference with Mayor Bill de Blasio and the mayor-elect, Eric Adams, that it could be a matter of days before a case of the new variant in New York, which he assured they will be able to quickly identify by the surveillance system they have.

Both Chokshi and De Blasio insisted that getting vaccinated is the best weapon to combat covid-19.

“Our entire focus will once again be on vaccination. Based on everything we know, vaccination is essential to any strategy to address the omicron problem, ”said De Blasio.

He explained that he does not want to make the use of the mask mandatory because it would send “the wrong message” that using it is more effective than getting vaccinated.

The mayor also informed the conference that he has extended the vaccination order to the more than 102,000 people who work in child care programs and that the deadline to be vaccinated is December 20.

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