Las Vegas continues with New Year’s Eve despite the COVID rise

Las Vegas is not canceling or downsizing plans for New Year’s Eve.

More than 300,000 visitors are expected in the city for events, including a New Year’s fireworks show on the Las Vegas Strip, which was canceled last year due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Thousands of ticket holders are also expected to attend a multi-stage outdoor music event during a canopy light show in the pedestrian zone in the center of the casino.

Announcing the show on Wednesday, Clark County Commissioner Michael Naft said, “If you’ve sick, stay home. If you’re indoors, put on a mask.”

Las Vegas regional health officials reported 2,201 new coronavirus cases – most in one day since last January 11th. New cases and deaths in Las Vegas have been on the rise.

Meanwhile, new COVID cases nationwide have risen to their highest level ever by averaging over 265,000 a day, an increase driven mainly by the highly contagious omicron variant.

And new cases a day have more than doubled in the last two weeks in the United States, overshadowing the old mark of 250,000, set in mid-January, according to data kept by Johns Hopkins University.

The rapidly spreading mutant version of the virus has cast a disappointment over Christmas and New Year, forcing communities to turn down or cancel their festivities just weeks after it looked like Americans were enjoying an almost normal holiday season. Thousands of flights have been canceled due to staff shortages caused by the virus.

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