Fauci advises against large gatherings on New Years Eve – FOX23 News
Dr Anthony Fauci has recommended that Americans avoid large-scale gatherings on New Year’s Eve, advising people instead to have smaller parties with people who have been vaccinated and have received booster shots against COVID-19.
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Because the omicron variant continues to spread across the country, Fauci, the The White House’s chief medical adviser said it was safer for people to ring in the New Year in close family settings, according to The hill. Fauci’s recommendation is similar to the advice he gave for the Christmas holidays.
“If your plans are to go to a 40-50 New Years party with all the bells and whistles and everyone hugging and wishing each other a happy new year – I would highly recommend that this year we don’t don’t do that, âFauci told reporters in a White House update on the pandemic.
Fauci’s remarks come as cities cut back on New Year’s celebrations. New York City, for example, imposed a maximum of 15,000 people on its Times Square rally; the event typically attracts 58,000 people. New York revelers will also need to wear a mask and show proof of vaccination.
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Los Angeles has canceled plans for a live audience at its New Year’s Eve celebration and will broadcast it instead, CNBC reported. London, Paris, Rome, Tokyo and other cities around the world have also canceled their New Year’s events.
Fauci reiterated his cautious approach in an interview with CNN, noting that “There will be other years to do it, but not this year.”
Fauci, who is also director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, added that he hopes the number of new cases and hospitalizations from the omicron variant will begin to decline.
Data from Centers for Disaster Control and Prevention show that more than 176,000 cases are reported daily in the United States, based on a seven-day moving average.
Almost 73% of the U.S. population has received at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine, while about 62% are fully vaccinated, the CDC noted. More than 65 million Americans – 31.5% – have received a recall.
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