New York records FIVE cases of COVID Omicron variant

Five cases of the COVID-19 Omicron variant have been confirmed in New York state, officers confirmed on Thursday. 

‘New York State has confirmed 5 cases of the omicron variant,’ Governor Kathy Hochul stated in a press release. ‘Let me be clear: This isn’t trigger for alarm. We knew this variant was coming and we now have the instruments to cease the unfold.’

Hochul urged New Yorkers to get vaccinated, boosted, and put on masks.  

The growth comes after it was revealed {that a} current customer to the state examined optimistic for the Omicron variant.

The state recorded 11,300 new cases on Thursday, the best single-day whole since January, when the nation was within the midst of the devastating third wave. 

It comes hours after a Minnesota man who had attended the Anime NYC conference final month in Manhattan was discovered to have been contaminated with the Omicron variant.

While no cases of the variant have been detected within the state but, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio stated Thursday that it’s probably others within the metropolis have been contaminated as properly.

New York state recorded 11,300 new COVID-19 cases on Wednesday, the best whole since an enormous winter surge in January 2021. The improve comes after a case of the Omicron variant in Minnesota was tied to an anime conference held in New York City final month

Less than 4% of optimistic COVID-19 exams in New York are sequenced to search out what variant they’re of, which means it’s attainable that present Omicron cases have to this point gone undetected. Pictured: Two males in New York City, New York, take COVID-19 exams on December 1

The variant was found by South African well being officers final week, and whereas not a lot is thought about it but, it’s was lately discovered to be 2.4 instances extra infectious than earlier variant.

Due to its excessive quantity of mutations, it is also believed to be vaccine evasive, although cases have largely been very delicate.

January 31 was the final time New York recorded greater than 11,200 cases in a single day, as a disastrous early 2021 Covid surge start to wind to an finish.

COVID-19 an infection have practically doubled over the previous week, from round 5,500 new cases a day on November 19, to greater than 11,300 on Thursday. 

While the state did expertise an uptick of cases in the course of the summer time Delta wave, the early autumn season has already topped the excessive of round 6,000 cases per day over the summer time.

Currently, New York sequences beneath 4 p.c of optimistic Covid exams, which means that any Omicron cases among the many 96 p.c that aren’t sequenced wouldn’t be detected. 

The state, and particularly New York City, is on excessive alert now after information of a person who lately traveled to the town having the variant.

Minnesota well being officers revealed on Thursday {that a} man from Hennepin County, which incorporates Minneapolis, was found to have the second case of Omicron discovered within the U.S. 

The man attended Anime NYC final week, a 3 day occasion that ran from November 19 to 21 on the Javits Center in Lower Manhattan – together with round 53,000 attendees from across the nation.

He returned to Minnesota, and commenced feeling signs of Covid on November 22.

Two days later, on November 24, he examined optimistic for Covid.

Gov Kathy Hochul (pictured) informed New Yorkers to get vaccinated and put on masks when attainable to guard themselves from the brand new Omicron variant after a Minnesota case was tied to a New York City occasion

Officials report that his signs have been delicate and have already resolved, he additionally abided by public well being protocols after he examined optimistic.

He had no current historical past of worldwide journey, making it clear that he contracted the virus inside of U.S. borders – which means the variant has already been circulating throughout the nation for at the very least ten days.

The man is totally vaccinated as properly. 

‘We are conscious of a case of the Omicron variant recognized in Minnesota that’s related to journey to a convention in New York City, and we should always assume there may be group unfold of the variant in our metropolis,’ de Blasio stated in a press release.

‘We are working intently with the State and the CDC, in addition to the Javits Center’s occasion organizers, and our Test and Trace Corps shall be contacting convention attendees. This convention required masks and complied with our Key2NYC requirement to mandate vaccination.’

He additionally urged any Anime NYC attendees to get examined as quickly as attainable. 

‘We’re not defenseless in opposition to this variant,’ Gov Kathy Hochul stated at a information convention on Thursday, encouraging New Yorkers to get vaccinated and put on masks in public locations to guard themselves.

‘In addition to vaccination and boosters, we are able to gradual the unfold of this variant and all COVID-19 variants by utilizing the tried-and-true prevention strategies of carrying masks, staying residence when sick, and getting examined when acceptable.’

‘I do not need anybody to panic over this,’ Hochul stated.

She additionally stated that this time the state wouldn’t be caught off guard prefer it was in March 2020, when New York City suffered an enormous surge proper initially of the pandemic. 

As of Thursday afternoon, three cases of the variant have been sequenced within the U.S., together with the Minnesota man.

The first case was discovered on Wednesday, when an individual from San Francisco, California, who had lately traveled to South Africa was found to be carrying the variant.

A girl in Colorado who had lately travelled to a southern African nation and later examined optimistic for Covid was additionally discovered to have the variant.

Both of these folks have been additionally totally vaccinated.

Images launch by the Covid Genomics UK Consortium present the drastic improve in spike protein mutations within the Omciron COVID-19 variant when in comparison with the Delta variant 

The variant was first detected in South Africa final week, however is believed to have originated in both Botswana or in a European nation.

South African well being officers are reporting that cases of the variant they’ve seen to this point have been extra delicate than these of different variants.

It has 50 mutations, together with greater than 30 on the spike protein that the COVID-19 vaccines goal to forestall an infection.

For comparability, the Delta variant – which was answerable for an enormous surge of cases within the U.S. over summer time – solely had seven mutations of the spike protein.

The Covid Genomics UK Consortium launched imaging on Thursday exhibiting simply how drastic the variations between the Delta and Omicron variant are. 

Because of these many infections, vaccine specialists concern the photographs could possibly be rendered ineffective in opposition to the brand new variant.

A South African knowledgeable additionally stories that the variant may bypass natural immunity provided by previous infection, and it re-infecting Covid survivors at a rate 3 times that of different variants.

Early stories from the nation counsel that an infection’s from Omicron are comparatively delicate when in comparison with different strains of the virus, although.

 

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