At least 5 cases of Omicron variant reported in New York

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Gov. Hochul said there are now a total of five confirmed cases in the state. NYC Mayor

The COVID-19 omicron variant has been detected in multiple cases in New York City, Mayor Bill de Blasio and Gov. Kathy Hochul announced Thursday evening.

Hochul said there are now a total of five confirmed cases in the state including one in Brooklyn, two in Queens and one in Long Island’s Suffolk County.

The Long Island patient, a 67-year-old woman, had recently returned from South Africa, Hochul said.

Federal officials restricted travel to the US from eight nations in southern Africa after cases of the variant were reported in South Africa and Botswana.

“No cause for alarm, we just want to make sure the public is aware of information when we receive it,” Hochul said.

“The best thing anyone can do is realize we’re not defenseless against this variant at all,” the governor added as she urged New Yorkers to get vaccinated and receive booster shots.

Officials were now bracing for a flurry of omicron cases

“We have to assume there’s community spread,” de Blasio said as officials cautioned the cases they had heard of had been with mild symptoms.

The news came after a Minnesota man who visited an anime convention at the Javits Center in Manhattan last month tested positive for the mutation. Hochul said that man’s symptoms appeared to now be mild.

On Monday, the mayor urged every New Yorker to revert to wearing masks in all indoor public places as city health officials prepared for omicron’s imminent arrival.

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