New York state records 44,000 cases of Covid in a single day and hospitalizations rise: Gov. Hochul cuts isolation time for vaccinated critical care workers with breakthrough infections to five days
- City’s latest record was hit on Christmas Eve
- On December 23, New York recorded 38,835 cases
- That was up by almost 10,000 from December 22
Desperate New Yorkers spent their Christmas Eve scrambling for COVID tests as infections driven by the Omicron variant surged across the Empire State.
Astonishing photos show how police had to keep the peace at a city-sponsored truck in Flatbush Avenue, Brooklyn, on Friday morning while city officials handed out 2,000 free Binax COVID home testing kits.
Scores of frustrated locals were photographed holding their hands out in the hopes of receiving one of the home testing kids, which the US has been slow to approve, and which are now in extremely short supply amid the latest wave of the virus.
They clustered around the testing bus, with a lucky few receiving one of the precious kits. One woman who didn’t receive a kit appeared visibly upset.
Four other buses each giving out 2,000 tests were located in the other four boroughs of the city, with snaps showing a more sedate line waiting to pick one up at the Manhattan location, in Harlem.
New Yorkers – and many Americans – have been spooked by the latest surge in COVID, which saw the state smash its daily diagnoses record for the third day in a row on Friday.
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