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‘I would stay away from that,’ Fauci warns of large New Year’s Eve gatherings

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  • Anthony Fauci advised Americans on Monday to “stay away” from large New Year’s Eve gatherings.
  • “When you are talking about a New Year’s Eve party, where you have 30, 40, 50 people celebrating, you do not know the status of the vaccination — I would recommend strongly, stay away from that this year,” he said.
  • But Fauci said vaccinated Americans can gather within a close family setting with other family members who are vaccinated and have received boosters.

White House chief medical adviser Anthony Fauci urged Americans on Monday to “stay away” from large New Year’s Eve gatherings as the omicron variant spreads rapidly across the country. 

“When you are talking about a New Year’s Eve party, where you have 30, 40, 50 people celebrating, you do not know the status of the vaccination — I would recommend strongly, stay away from that this year,” Fauci told CNN’s “New Day.” “There will be other years to do that, but not this year.”

But Fauci said vaccinated American’s can gather within a close family setting with other family members who are vaccinated and have received boosters, which mirrors the advice he gave for the Christmas holiday. 

Fauci, who also serves as the director of the National Institute for Allergy and Infectious Diseases, added that he is hopeful the numbers new cases and hospitalizations will drop as sharply as they have risen, which he said has been the case in South Africa where the omicron variant was first detected in November. 

COVID-19 data compiled by The New York Times shows an 83 percent increase in new daily cases over the past 14 days with more than 214,000 per day. 


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Data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) shows more than 176,000 cases are reported each day in the U.S., according to a seven-day moving average. 

Nearly 73 percent of the U.S. population has received at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine, while around 62 percent are fully vaccinated. More than 65 million Americans — 31.5 percent — have received a booster dose. 


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