With the new Omicron variant sweeping across the United States over the past few weeks, the first official fatality from the new virus variant was reported in Texas late Monday night.
A report by ABC News has suggested that a Texas man with underlying conditions is believed to be the first person in the US to die from COVID-19’s Omicron variant. Although details on the matter are not yet available, it has been reported that the man in Texas was from Harris County and is believed to be between 50 and 60 years old. He was unvaccinated, according to the local health department.
In NYC, on the other hand, the new variant has fuelled a surge of new infections, in reaction to which, Gov Kathy Hochul on Monday advised all New Yorkers to mask up, get vaccinated, and get tested.
“We don’t want to discourage people from gathering, but do what you know is smart, and keep those masks on when you’re with people if you don’t know if they’re vaccinated for sure,” Gov. Kathy Hochul said at a briefing Monday. “It’s also a reminder that we have to take the steps now that everybody we love is with us for the next holiday season,” Hochul said. “We have the power over that.”
Meanwhile, Mayor Bill de Blasio has made it clear that the city will not go into another pandemic lockdown under his watch — but nonetheless expanded mask mandates, including for private companies, and has yet to decide whether to call off the live New Year’s Eve celebration in Times Square.