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Live news: New York reports record number of Covid cases for fifth time in six days

New York reported more than 28,000 new Covid-19 cases, setting a record for daily cases for the fifth time in six days.

Governor Kathy Hochul said an additional 28,924 cases of infection were reported to the state on Dec.

Hochul said during a press conference during a press conference. “This virus is growing vertically; it will go straight up,” she added.

New York’s daily toll hit 20,000 for the first time on December 16 since the start of the pandemic and then stayed above that level, according to data from the state’s health department. The latest number has surpassed the previous record of 23,391 reported on December 19.

The current increase in coronavirus cases in New York and across America has largely been driven by the new Omicron variant. About 73 percent The number of new Covid-19 infections in the US for the week ending December 18 is estimated to be related to Omicron, according to data earlier this week from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. That makes it the dominant strain in the US.

The rate of Omicron cases is even higher than the national average in the CDC-designated region, which includes New York. In the week ended December 18, Omicron was estimated to have caused 92% of cases in the agency’s “Area 2,” which includes New York, New Jersey, Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands.

“It’s not the number of infected people that keep me up at night, but the number of people who end up in the hospital,” Hochul said at a press conference. She pointed to decisions in recent weeks to halt elective surgeries at state hospitals and require nursing homes to provide access to Covid-19 booster shots like part of an effort to protect the health system and reduce the risk of being overwhelmed. .

Hochul said the number of Covid-related hospitalizations across the state is “increasing” but, at 4,452, two-thirds of what it was a year ago.

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Huynh Nguyen

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