COVID cases have hit another record high for the third day running, with 93,000 infections reported by the Government.
The Omicron variant is behind the surge – it is now dominant in England and Scotland, officials announced today.
Um, we've never seen this before in #NYC.
Test positivity doubling in three days
12/9 – 3.9%
12/10 – 4.2%
12/11 – 6.4%
12/12 – 7.8%
Note: Test % is only for PCR & NYC does more per capita daily than most places ~67K PCR/day + 19K [reported] antigen over past few days (1/2) pic.twitter.com/PhxsZq55jn
— Jay Varma (@DrJayVarma) December 16, 2021
Almost exactly one month after Mayor Bill de Blasio triumphantly announced tens of thousands of fully vaccinated people could return to Times Square to celebrate New Year’s Eve in person this year, the state saw it’s highest single-day reporting of new COVID infections.
The previous record, set 11 months ago on Jan. 14, crumbled when Gov. Kathy Hochul announced 21,027 new positive cases statewide Friday. The old record for most reported cases in a single day was 19,942, when reported hospitalizations were on the brink of 9,000. Now, the number of people admitted is down by more than half.