New York reports highest number of COVID-19 cases as omicron looms

 

Officials worked to shore up testing and healthcare capacity, as new COVID-19 infections hit a daily record in New York state and the Omicron variant added new risks to the pandemic response across the U.S. New York Gov. Kathy Hochul said Friday that the state recorded 21,027 new Covid-19 cases, surpassing the previous record of 19,942 set in January. Of roughly 263,500 people tested, 7.98% were positive for the virus.

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