NYC mayor issues ‘mask advisory’ as scientists warn of Omicron variant

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New York Mayor Bill de Blasio has issued a “mask advisory” for everyone in the city, urging New Yorkers to cover their faces as scientists warn of a new Omicron strain of the coronavirus.

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“@NYCMayor and @NYCHealthCommr announce that a mask advisory is in effect,” the mayor’s office said on twitter, “Every New Yorker, regardless of vaccination status, is encouraged to wear a mask in indoor public settings.”

a . Feather Press conference Discussing the advisory, Mr. de Blasio emphasized that the Omicron version, which is spreading to other parts of the world, has not yet arrived in New York City – although it is expected.


“There are no Omicron cases in New York City at this time. It is very likely that there will be, but there are no cases at this time,” said the mayor. “But still we are preparing to take action.”

Mr de Blasio said the new advice does not replace previous guidance on masks, but “reinforces” it.

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“Today we’re clearly saying as a bell that what’s done so far is important: vaccinations, and obviously masks also play a very important role,” Meyer said.

According to city ​​government statisticsIn New York City, 88.5 percent of adults have received at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine. The number is much lower for children, with only 44.8 percent of New Yorkers aged 5 to 17 having received at least one shot.

On Monday, Mr. de Blasio urged New York parents to get their children vaccinated.

“One thing we know – and I say this especially to parents right now – getting your child vaccinated means a lot,” Meyer said. “It made sense before we heard of Omicron. It makes sense especially now.”

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