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The American rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez looked set to get an early start to the New Year’s weekend on Thursday, according to a report.
The New York Democrat was seen, maskless and drinking in hand as she ate outdoors in Miami Beach, Florida, the National Review reported. The congresswoman and a companion were seen at Doraku Sushi and Izakaya, the report said.
The sight quickly provoked swift reactions on social media.
“You’re being played by @AOC dummies,” claimed a writer, referring to the Democrat’s supporters.
NYC DEALS WITH RECORD NUMBER OF FIRST RESPONSES WHO ARE SICK ON NEW YEAR’S EVE
“Hey @AOC tell me you support @RonDeSantisFL without telling me you support @RonDeSantisFL,” wrote another commenter, referring to Florida’s Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis, who has been known for coronavirus policies that contrast with many of them in Democratic-run states.
DeSantis’ office also responded to Twitter.
“Welcome to Florida, AOC!” said the tweet. “We hope you enjoy a taste of freedom here in Sunshine State thanks to @RonDeSantisFL’s leadership.”
“PS We recommend Rock Shrimp Roll and Aoki Tai next time you decide to eat in Miami. Cheers!” said another tweet.
Ocasio-Cortez’s pre-holiday trip came when her home state of New York City was dealing with a record number of first aiders calling sick on their way into New Year’s Eve. More than 20% of the city’s police officers and 30% of paramedics were sick Thursday, city officials said.
Meanwhile, New York City Mayor Eric Adams, who will be sworn in on Saturday, Thursday, said he plans to maintain the current corona restrictions for outgoing mayor Bill de Blasio, including a vaccination mandate to enter local companies.
New York State also set a new record for coronavirus infections for the second day in a row, reporting more than 74,000 new cases Thursday, according to WNBC-TV in New York City.
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Hospital admissions also continued to rise in Empire State, reaching more than 7,300, the report said.
The number of ICU patients in New York rose to more than 1,000 on Thursday, breaking this mark for the first time since March, the station added.
Fox News contacted representatives of the congresswoman for an answer, but received no immediate response to our messages late at night.
Fox News’ Cameron Cawthorne, Andrew Mark Miller and Paul Best contributed to this story.