New York state records 11,300 new positive COVID-19 cases – the highest single-day total since January

New York is experiencing a surge in COVID-19 cases as it was revealed that a recent visitor to the state tested positive for the Omicron variant.

The state registered 11,300 new cases on Thursday, the highest single day since January, when the nation was in the midst of the devastating third wave.

It comes hours after a Minnesota man who attended the Anime NYC convention in Manhattan last month was found to be infected with the Omicron variant.

While no cases of the variant have yet been discovered in the state, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio said on Thursday it’s likely others in the city are also infected.

New York state registered 11,300 new COVID-19 cases on Wednesday, the highest number since a massive winter surge in January 2021. The rise comes after a case of the Omicron variant in Minnesota was linked to an anime convention held in New York last month. York City was held

New York state registered 11,300 new COVID-19 cases on Wednesday, the highest number since a massive winter surge in January 2021. The rise comes after a case of the Omicron variant in Minnesota was linked to an anime convention held in New York last month. York City was held

Less than 4% of positive COVID-19 tests in New York are sequenced to identify which variant they are, meaning existing Omicron cases may have gone undetected until now.  Pictured: Two men in New York City, New York, take COVID-19 tests on December 1

Less than 4% of positive COVID-19 tests in New York are sequenced to identify which variant they are, meaning existing Omicron cases may have gone undetected until now.  Pictured: Two men in New York City, New York, take COVID-19 tests on December 1

Less than 4% of positive COVID-19 tests in New York are sequenced to identify which variant they are, meaning existing Omicron cases may have gone undetected until now. Pictured: Two men in New York City, New York, take COVID-19 tests on December 1

The variant was discovered last week by South African health officials, and while not much is known about it, it has recently been found to be 2.4 times more contagious than the previous variant.

Due to the high number of mutations, the vaccine is also believed to be evasive, although the cases were usually very mild.

January 31 was the last time New York recorded more than 11,200 cases in a single day, as a disastrous Covid wave draws to a close in early 2021.

The COVID-19 infection has nearly doubled in the past week, from about 5,500 new cases a day on Nov. 19 to more than 11,300 on Thursday.

While the state has seen a surge in cases during the summer Delta wave, the early fall season has already peaked at about 6,000 cases per day in the summer.

Currently, New York is sequencing under four percent of positive Covid tests, meaning Omicron cases under 96 percent that have not been sequenced would go undetected.

The state, especially New York City, is now on high alert following news of a man who recently traveled to the city with the variant.

Minnesota health officials revealed Thursday that a man from Hennepin County, which includes Minneapolis, had found the second case of Omicron in the US.

The man attended Anime NYC last week, a three-day event that took place Nov. 19-21 at the Javits Center in lower Manhattan — along with about 53,000 attendees from across the country.

He returned to Minnesota and began to feel symptoms of Covid on November 22.

Two days later, on November 24, he tested positive for Covid.

The man had attended an event to

The man had attended an event to

Gov Kathy Hochul (pictured) told New Yorkers to get vaccinated and wear masks whenever possible to protect themselves from the new Omicron variant after a case in Minnesota was linked to an event in New York City

Gov Kathy Hochul (pictured) told New Yorkers to get vaccinated and wear masks whenever possible to protect themselves from the new Omicron variant after a case in Minnesota was linked to an event in New York City

Gov Kathy Hochul (pictured) told New Yorkers to get vaccinated and wear masks whenever possible to protect themselves from the new Omicron variant after a case in Minnesota was linked to an event in New York City

Officials report that his symptoms were mild and have already subsided, he also adhered to public health protocols after he tested positive.

He had no recent history of international travel, making it clear that he contracted the virus within US borders — meaning the variant has been circulating in the country for at least ten days.

The man is also fully vaccinated.

“We are aware of a case of the Omicron variant identified in Minnesota associated with travel to a conference in New York City, and we must assume that the variant is spreading in our city,” de Blasio said. in a statement.

“We are working closely with the state and the CDC, as well as with event organizers at the Javits Center, and our Test and Trace Corps will be contacting conference participants. This conference required masks and met our Key2NYC requirement to mandate vaccination.”

He also urged all Anime NYC visitors to get tested as soon as possible.

“We are not defenseless against this variant,” Governor Kathy Hochul said at a news conference Thursday, encouraging New Yorkers to get vaccinated and wear masks in public places to protect themselves.

“In addition to vaccination and boosters, we can slow the spread of this variant and all COVID-19 variants by using the proven prevention methods of wearing masks, staying home when sick and getting tested if necessary.”

“I don’t want anyone to panic about this,” Hochul said.

She also said the state would not be caught off guard this time like it was in March 2020, when New York City experienced a massive wave at the start of the pandemic.

As of Thursday afternoon, three cases of the variant have been identified in the US, including the man from Minnesota.

The first case was found Wednesday, when a person from San Francisco, California, who had recently traveled to South Africa, was found carrying the variant.

A Colorado woman who recently traveled to a southern African country and later tested positive for Covid was also found to have the variant.

Both people were also fully vaccinated.

Images released by the Covid Genomics UK Consortium show the drastic increase in spike protein mutations in the Omciron COVID-19 variant compared to the Delta variant

Images released by the Covid Genomics UK Consortium show the drastic increase in spike protein mutations in the Omciron COVID-19 variant compared to the Delta variant

Images released by the Covid Genomics UK Consortium show the drastic increase in spike protein mutations in the Omciron COVID-19 variant compared to the Delta variant

The variant was first discovered last week in South Africa, but is believed to have come from Botswana or a European country.

South African health officials report that cases of the variant they have seen so far are milder than those of other variants.

It has 50 mutations, including more than 30 on the spike protein that the COVID-19 vaccines target to prevent infection.

By comparison, the Delta variant — which was responsible for a huge surge in cases in the US over the summer — had only seven mutations of the spike protein.

The Covid Genomics UK Consortium released imaging on Thursday showing how drastic the differences are between the Delta and Omicron variant.

Because of these many infections, vaccine experts fear the injections may be ineffective against the new variant.

A South African expert also reports that the variant could bypass natural immunity provided by previous infection, and it reinfects Covid survivors at a rate three times that of other variants.

However, early reports from the nation suggest that Omicron’s infection is relatively mild compared to other strains of the virus.

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