New York reports 22,000 new Covid cases – but hospitals say they can cope

Posted by on December 19, 2021 7:22 am
Categories: Global Stories

Omicron surge leads to event cancellations and lines at testing sites but health system not yet under serious strain

New York state reported on Saturday that nearly 22,000 people tested positive for Covid-19 on Friday – eclipsing Thursday for the highest single-day total for new cases since testing became widely available. Amid fears over the new Omicron variant of the coronavirus, more than half of the positive results were in the city.

The Rockettes on Friday canceled remaining performances of the Radio City Christmas Spectacular, citing “increasing challenges from the pandemic”. Saturday Night Live taped without an audience and with reduced crew. Lines at some testing sites stretched around the block and at-home tests remained hard to find or pricier than usual.

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