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New York Declares State of Emergency Ahead of New Variant Threat

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Just days ago, news emerged that a new variant of coronavirus had emerged.

Now, New York have declared a state of emergency as a result of a rise in cases and ahead of the new variant threat.

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New York is in a state of emergency.

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Just hours ago, news emerged that New York Governor, Kathy Hocul, had declared a state of emergency in the state due to a rise in covid cases and the incoming threat of the new variant.


The new variant has been named Omicron by the World Health Organization.

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At the time of writing, the world is racing to contain the new variant which is potentially more dangerous than previous ones which have fuelled relentless waves of infection on nearly every continent.


Governor Hochul said that the variant hasn’t been detected in New York yet.

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However she decided to sign an executive order to allow the health department to limit non-essential, non-urgent procedures at hospitals and acquire critical supplies more quickly. 


The order takes effect on December 3.

Hochul said:
“We continue to see warning signs of spikes this upcoming winter, and while the new omicron variant has yet to be detected in New York state, it’s coming.”


Biden has also imposed travel restrictions to/from South Africa – where the new variant was first detected.

The move is similar to many countries across the globe, as the world tries to contain the threat of Omicron.