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New Orleans will roll back its indoor mask mandate on Wednesday amid a surge in Omicron cases, the city’s health director announced at a press conference, as the city resumes its signature Mardi Gras parade after canceling last year’s celebration. prepares to do.

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New Orleans health director Dr Jennifer Avegno said the return of the mandate was due to rising Covid-19 cases and hospitalizations in the state, which have increased seven-fold in the past three weeks.

According to the state’s COVID-19 tally, Orleans Parish, where the city is located, reported 1,531 new COVID-19 cases as of December 29, a 60% increase from the previous week. tracker,

Avegno said the mandate will likely continue throughout the Mardi Gras season, which begins on March 1, 2022.

Mayor LaToya Cantrell[de]first announced in October that Mardi Gras parades would once again resume, and confirmed his decision a week earlier, saying plans for the 2022 Mardi Gras celebration would continue.without a doubt,

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