The state of New York registered 90,132 cases of covid-19 on Friday, a new record since the outbreak of the pandemic, and saw how hospitalizations and deaths continue to increase amid the explosion of infections generated by the omicron variant, according to official data released this Saturday.
After reaching an all-time high on January 1, infections had dropped slightly in recent days, but are clearly on the rise again now.
With the figures reported this Saturday, the state accumulates more than four million cases of coronavirus since the beginning of the pandemic, out of a population of just under twenty million, which was among the hardest hit in the United States at the beginning of the crisis and is now hitting it again with omicron.
In the last day, more than 21% of the tests carried out in the state were positive, which indicates that the real infections are well above the confirmed number.
In addition, New York reported 295 new hospitalizations, for a total of 11,843, and 154 new deaths, a very high number compared to the situation in recent months.
This Saturday, the authorities reported that dozens of hospitals in the north of the state will have to temporarily suspend non-urgent operations due to the saturation they are currently experiencing.
“There is an answer to this winter high and it is simple: the vaccine and the booster dose,” said New York Governor Kathy Hochul, when releasing the new data.
In a statement, Hochul stressed that the rate of vaccinated children is still too low in the state and encouraged all parents to vaccinate their children if they can.
In all, the United States recorded more than 900,000 new cases and 2,615 deaths on Friday, according to the most recent data from Johns Hopkins University.
Faced with this explosion of cases, Numerous cities and states in the United States are opting to reopen massive vaccination centers against COVID-19 that they had closed in recent months.
Stadiums, shopping malls and other large surfaces used at the beginning of the immunization campaign are now being used again to administer vaccines, both first doses and booster doses, in an attempt to improve the protection of the population against the rapid advance of omicron.
A majority of states in the northeast of the country, where the variant has attacked more strongly so far, but also others such as Oregon and Illinois have already reopened or plan to reopen large vaccination centers, capable of serving thousands of people a day. Massachusetts, for example, on Thursday began vaccinating again at Boston’s popular Fenway Park ballpark.
In recent months, the bulk of vaccination in the United States had passed to pharmacies and medical clinics, but the authorities are now seeking to give a new push to immunizations, especially vaccinating children and giving booster doses to adults.
It is also hoped to convince some of the people who have so far avoided getting vaccinated, according to officials cited today by The Wall Street Journal and to ease the burden on many pharmacies due to the new wave of infections.
Slightly more than 66% of Americans over the age of 5, those who can be vaccinated, have completed the initial regimen, according to official data, while around 38% of vaccinated adults have received the booster dose.
Covid-19 cases have recently skyrocketed in the United States due to the omicron variant, which already represents 95% of infections in the country.
With information from EFE