Meanwhile, at home, we are doing the exact opposite, despite the strain being present in our region, reported Aundrea Cline-Thomas from CBS2.
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“Vaccinated workers will now be able to work without a mask and they will not be limited by physical distancing,” Mayor Bill de Blasio said on Tuesday.
Even more COVID restrictions are lifted, this time for city workers, as COVID cases plummet while the Delta variant poses a threat.
“At the moment we are winning the race against the Delta variant, but we have to keep winning,” said de Blasio.
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The variant accounts for 10% of new COVID infections in the city and is growing. Considered the most contagious of all strains, it causes disease around the world, especially in communities with low vaccination rates.
There have been over 20,000 new COVID infections per day in the UK. In Indonesia, the variant has been blamed for widespread hospitalizations and deaths.
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This prompted Los Angeles officials to strongly recommend that masks be worn indoors, even people who are fully vaccinated.
“I hope policymakers take a look at what’s going on in the UK and Israel. Despite what looks like similar vaccine coverage, they are facing increases, ”said Dr. Stephanie Sterling, infectious disease specialist at NYU.
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With the variants, the unvaccinated are at greater risk of contracting COVID and possibly becoming seriously ill. That’s why doctors say vaccines are the only way to protect yourself.
Progress is underway.
“If you’ve waited to get the shot, that’s one more reason you should run, not walk, to get the shot,” said New York City Health Commissioner Dr Dave Chokshi .
Yet half of the city’s residents are not vaccinated and remain the most vulnerable.
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The COVID infection rate hovers around 1%, but in communities on Staten Island it is four times higher. Still, the mayor of Blasio doesn’t think the city will have to tighten the restrictions.