2 hr 23 min agoNew York City pediatric Covid-19 hospitalizations increase nearly 5-fold over 3 week period, data showsFrom CNN’s Melanie Schuman
Pediatric coronavirus hospital admissions in New York City have increased nearly five-fold since the week ending Dec. 11 through Dec. 23.
Compared to the week of Dec. 5 to Dec. 11 when there were 22 pediatric admissions in New York City, there is a near five-fold increase through Dec. 23, when the state reported 109 pediatric admissions, according to New York State Health Commissioner Dr. Mary Bassett who announced the data Monday.
During the same period, there was a two-and-a-half-fold increase from 70 admissions to 184 statewide.
This data will be revised because Dec. 19 to Dec. 23 is currently a partial week of data reporting from the state.
CNN reported Sunday that officials issued a health advisory late last week which indicated a four-fold increase in New York City’s pediatric admissions through data available as of Dec. 19.
New York Gov. Kathy Hochul once again encouraged parents Monday to get their children vaccinated and noted a gap between first and second doses for pediatric vaccines.
While acknowledging the time lag between first and second dose, Hochul said 27.3% of 5- to-11-years-old statewide have received one dose, a number which mirrors nationwide statistics. Hochul said 16.4% have completed the series which is up from 11% two weeks ago.
Two million testing kits which contain two tests each are going to New York City schools by Friday.
Meanwhile, about a third of the 608 nursing homes across New York state have at least one resident with a Covid-19 infection, but only about two thirds of nursing home residents have been fully vaccinated and boosted, Bassett said Monday.
“We have done pretty well in getting the nursing home residents vaccinated – nearly 90% are fully vaccinated. But we are not doing as well as we would like in getting people boosted. And this seems to be particularly important in protecting against adverse outcomes of Omicron infection,” Bassett said.
She added that officials are working in a “very granular way,” county by county to improve the booster rate.
3 hr 25 min agoNew York City mayor says 179,000 residents received a Covid-19 booster in the last weekFrom CNN’s Artemis Moshtaghian
(Spencer Platt/Getty Images)179,000 New York City residents received their Covid-19 vaccine booster shot since Mayor Bill de Blasio announced his vaccine booster incentive program last week, bringing the total number of vaccinated New York City residents to 1.9 million, the mayor said at a news conference Monday.
“We put this mandate into action as Omicron was coming, but we had no idea it would be quite this intense,” the mayor said, “We knew with Omicron coming, with cold weather, it was time to do more, well thank God we did because these mandates have been absolutely necessary to keep this city going.”De Blasio said there were 296 citywide Covid-19 hospitalizations Monday and that this number had gone up intensely, as did the confirmed positivity level, 7.96%, which the mayor called aberrant.
However, he added that the city’s hospitals are “doing remarkably well. We have real challenges, but what’s striking is how different the Omicron experience is than even last winter, let alone the spring of 2020.”
With 17,334 Covid-19 positive cases reported Monday, the Mayor said he believed the positive case number, “is going to peak really soon.”
Starting Monday, all private sector employers, about 184,000 businesses, are required to have a Covid vaccine mandate in place at their business. Asked if businesses would be prone to spot checks, de Blasio said businesses should expect inspections.
“But again, with an attitude of ‘let’s make sure things are working for everyone’s health and safety.’ We’re not trying to do gotcha, we’re trying to just make sure that we’re moving forward,” he said.
“It is a multi-agency inspection force, which is very similar to the way that we conducted engagement and then enforcement related to Key to NYC as well,” New York City’s Department of Health Commissioner Dave Chokshi said. “We seek to work with businesses and business owners so that everyone can come into compliance for the simple reason that vaccination is good for business — it helps us to keep our economy open and running and it helps to keep employees and all New Yorkers healthy and out of the hospital.”
4 hr 4 min agoNo further restrictions in England before the New Year, UK health official saysFrom CNN’s Arnaud Siad
There will be no further restrictions in England before the New Year, British Health Secretary Sajid Javid said on Monday.
Speaking to reporters, Javid said: “There will be no further measures before the New Year. We won’t be taking any further measures.”
“Of course, people should remain cautious as we approach New Year celebrations,” he added.
The UK has reported 321,036 Covid cases over the past three days (Dec. 24, 25 and 26).
4 hr 20 min agoGreece announces further restrictions to curb Omicron spreadFrom CNN’s Chris Liakos in Athens
Patients wait to get vaccinated against Covid-19, in Aristotelous Square, in the center of Thessaloniki, Greece on December 23 2021. (Sakis Mitrolidis/AFP/Getty Images)Greece has announced further restrictions in an effort to curb the spread of the Omicron variant which has seen a sharp rise particularly in the Attica region where the capital city of Athens is located.
From Jan. 3 until Jan. 16, hospitality and entertainment venues across the country including clubs and bars will have to close at midnight, Health Minister Thanos Plevris said during a news conference. Standing customers will be banned and there will be a maximum limit of six people per table.
Additionally, spectator attendance will be limited in sports matches due to no compliance with current rules – with capacity reduced to 10% in stadiums.
Flexible working hours and 50% remote working for the private and public sectors
Data shows the number of children admitted to New York City hospitals for coronavirus increased fivefold over a period of three weeks
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