DC reported 508 new cases of coronavirus on Thursday — the highest number of new cases in one day since the start of the pandemic, according to DC Health. The total of new cases registered yesterday is almost double the 263 cases reported on December 16, 2020.
The new year is less than a month away, but the latest outbreak looks eerily similar to 2020. Restaurants are closing temporarily as staff test positive and some schools are switching to virtual learning. The Omicron variant was first discovered in the district last weekend, shortly after Omicron cases were reported in neighboring Maryland and Virginia.
Anthony Fauci, chief medical adviser to President Joe Biden, has said booster shots of the existing Covid vaccines provide adequate protection against Omicron. In response to the latest wave, local universities American, Georgetown and George Washington have mandated boosters for students and staff.