Mayor says omicron will be 'fast and temporary phenomenon' as NY sets new case record

Mayor Bill de Blasio says the omicron variant is a "fast and temporary phenomenon" and that his team predicts an even bigger surge in cases over the next few weeks, but those numbers are expected to dissipate after the holidays.

News 12 Staff

Dec 19, 2021, 10:50 PM

Updated 848 days ago

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New York state saw the highest single day of positive COVID-19 cases since the start of the pandemic just a few days ago.  Mayor Bill de Blasio says the omicron variant is a "fast and temporary phenomenon" and that his team predicts an even bigger surge in cases over the next few weeks, but those numbers are expected to dissipate after the holidays.
There are rising levels of COVID-19 concerns across the city - entertainment outlets like the Radio City Christmas Spectacular canceled the rest of their season, and Saturday Night Live announced that they are not having live audiences at their shows until the end of year.
The restaurant industry is impacted as well - with numerous local restaurants closing their doors due to COVID-19 exposures. Restaurants like Bernies in Greenpoint, the Four Horsemen in Williamsburgh and Winona in Bed-Stuy - all posted on social media about their closure.
City officials continue to emphasize the importance of vaccination and frequent testing.
The city will be adding eight new sites across the boroughs by Tuesday.


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