Nearly all COVID sufferers in NYC had Omicron round Christmas


“Nearly all” Christmastime COVID-19 sufferers in New York City had been contaminated with the Omicron variant, in response to the town Department of Health.

An evaluation of metropolis knowledge for the week ending in Dec. 25 discovered the extremely transmissible variant was current in 90 % of samples collected within the 5 boroughs, officers mentioned Thursday.

Omicron unfold about 4 instances quicker than the Delta variant and was the dominant pressure within the metropolis simply 5 weeks after it was detected, the well being division discovered.

There was encouraging information concerning the severity of the pressure: Omicron sufferers had been lower than half as more likely to require hospitalization than Delta sufferers, and absolutely vaccinated sufferers had been eight instances much less more likely to be hospitalized with the most recent variant, in response to the report.

Woman gets COVID-19 testDuring the vacation season many individuals contracted the Omicron variant. Stefan JeremiahPeople standing in line for COVID-19 testCOVID-19 Omicron variant was current in 90 % of check samples.STEFAN JEREMIAH

But there have been a better variety of Omicron sufferers within the hospital over the vacations as a result of the town’s caseload was hovering to all-time highs, the division famous.

The unvaccinated, folks over 75, and black New Yorkers had been most definitely to be hospitalized with Omicron, officers mentioned — as they defined that “long-term structural racism” was responsible for the racial disparity.

Children who had not acquired a COVID-19 shot had been additionally “significantly” extra more likely to require medical consideration than their inoculated friends, the report mentioned.

Child receives vaccine shotVaccinated sufferers had been eight instances much less more likely to be hospitalized for the Omicron variant. Getty Images

The seven-day common of instances in New York City was lowering with 28,507 instances a day recorded this week, down from over 42,000 within the first days of the brand new 12 months, data showed.

There had been 626 COVID-19 hospitalizations a day and 75 deaths within the metropolis, in response to the newest knowledge.

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