The number of new Covid-19 cases in New York State set a new record on Wednesday, rising to 38,835 from the day before.
People wait in line as city workers hand out take- home Covid-19 test kits.
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The percentage of Covid-19 tests that came back positive increased by 1.3 points.
New York has recorded new highs for coronaviruses six times in seven days.
In the last seven days, Manhattan had 275.2 cases per 100,000 people.
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There was a 92 percent. Between December 12 and December 18 there are estimated to have been between 500 and 700 cases of the highly transmissible omicron variant in New York, New Jersey, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. The new variant accounted for more than 70% of cases nationwide.
Omicron cases have been reported in all 50 states, and the variant has made up more than 98% of cases last week in Oregon, Idaho, Washington and Alaska. It is not clear whether the variant produces more severe or less severe symptoms, as it is believed to be more transmissible than previous strains. The study found that omicron patients in South Africa were 70% less likely to be hospitalized compared to previous patients.
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The New Year's Eve celebration in Times Square will be scaled back, according to New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio. Only 15,000 people will be allowed to see the ball drop. Some residents in New York City are waiting hours to be tested as the city expands testing sites.
Omicron is the dominant covid variant in the US.
New York City scales back its New Year's Eve celebrations.
The new variant of Omicron is now seen in every U.S. state.
NYC promises more testing sites after hours.