COVID-19 updates: Elizabeth Warren tests positive
COVID-19 updates: Elizabeth Warren tests positive

COVID-19 updates: Elizabeth Warren tests positive

New York Mayor Bill de Blasio warned that the city will have to prepare for a jump in COVID-19 cases as the omicron variant continues to spread.

“We expect omicron to be a rapid and temporary phenomenon. We expect the next few weeks to see a very, very large increase in the number of cases, more than we have seen before,” he said during a news conference Sunday.

About 162 patients were confirmed positive at the hospital, the mayor said. Hospital admissions have increased, but not at the rate expected by the health authorities.

“It will undoubtedly grow a bit,” de Blasio said.

The city registered 5,731 new cases of COVID-19 on Sunday.

The mayor urged New Yorkers to get vaccinated and get their booster shots. The city’s health department said as of Sunday, 71% of all residents fully vaccinated.

De Blasio also recommended people wear masks indoors.

The city will focus on vaccination efforts for children and increase booster access in nursing homes, he said.

According to the mayor, test kits will be handed out at home at test sites with large volumes.

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