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COVID Update: New York reports record number of new cases as holiday travel ramps up

NEW YORK CITY (WABC) — The holiday travel rush has begun simply as New York set a new single-day record for constructive COVID cases, two days in a row.

On Friday, 2,233,754 individuals have been screened by the TSA at U.S. airports nationwide.

It’s the very best number of vacationers since Nov. 29, the Monday after Thanksgiving, as the number of vacationers approaches pre-pandemic figures.

In 2019, the TSA screened 2,608,088 individuals.

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Meanwhile, New York set one other single-day constructive COVID case record with practically 22,000 constructive cases reported in 24 hours, Gov. Kathy Hochul’s workplace reported.

The determine breaks the record for single-day constructive COVID check outcomes which was set simply sooner or later earlier.

The 21,908 constructive COVID check outcomes are out of 290,930 outcomes reported – equaling a 7.53% positivity fee.

People have reported ready in line for hours to get examined and at-home testing kits are in very excessive demand.

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“I do not plan to mail 20 million kits to individuals. What I’m going to do is do micro-targeting to search out out the areas which have the least number of individuals vaccinated and better charges, that is what we’re monitoring. So, they’re additionally stocked in shops and one factor I introduced not too long ago is that your insurance coverage firm now has to cowl the associated fee of you shopping for that testing equipment,” Hochul mentioned.

More than half of the constructive cases are in New York City.

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio insisted there wouldn’t be new widespread faculty or enterprise closures regardless of a surge in COVID-19 cases.

“We are in such a greater scenario than a lot of the nation, however the secret’s extra, extra, and extra vaccinations. So we’re going to implement these mandates aggressively. We’re sending out inspectors, we’d like individuals to do that, we’d like all of these mandates to be adopted. The extra we vaccinate, the extra we will get by means of this and the good hazard right here is shutdowns and restrictions,” de Blasio informed WNYC Friday.

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On Saturday, de Blasio mentioned on Twitter that the City reported 5,263 new cases and 214 new hospitalizations on Friday.

The mayor introduced essentially the most aggressive vaccine mandate within the nation final week, requiring private-sector staff to get vaccinated by December 27.

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