New York confirms 5 cases of the Omicron variant of the coronavirus

The state of New York confirmed the presence of five cases of the Omicron variant of coronavirus, its governor announced this Thursday Kathy Hochul, bringing the number of detected cases of the new strain in the United States to eight.

“The state of New York has confirmed five cases of the Omicron variant,” Hochul said via Twitter in a message aimed at reassuring residents of the fourth most populous state in the country.

“Let me be clear: This is not a cause for alarm. We knew that this variant was coming and we have the tools to stop its advance,” added the governor.

“Get your vaccine, get your booster. Wear a mask,” he warned.

At the moment, it is not clear whether the new cases are located within, or near, New York City – the most populous metropolitan area in the country – and also whether the cases were detected in people who recently returned from trips to the city. Exterior.

So far there are eight confirmed cases in the United States, where at least one, in Minnesota, involves a person without recent international travel records, indicating that the Omicron strain would already circulate in the country.

The figures presented by Governor Hochul follow President Joe Biden’s announcement to strengthen government measures against Covid-19 during the winter.

The new measures include the obligatory nature of a negative test in the last 24 hours for travelers from abroad, as well as an extension until mid-March of the measure for the use of face masks in public transport.

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