COVID-19 rise, Omicron variant, fuzzy holiday soul

New York City faces a doomsday Christmas.

ONE record increase in COVID-19 cases, a sudden wave of big event cancellations and the specter of new missions and closures have eclipsed the holiday spirit.

“Christmas this year has been a lot more stressful and less exciting,” said Hilary Lariviere, 28, from Rhode Island, Saturday at Bryant Park. “I don’t feel safe walking in the crowd. I don’t trust humans. I don’t know anyone who is vaccinated. It’s not like what it used to be. ”

President Biden will speak to the nation on Tuesday about “fight against COVID-19“Amid the growing number of Omicron variant cases,” said Press Secretary Jen Psaki.

But in the Big Apple, the holiday magic is gone.

Rockettes announced Friday they have Canceled Radio City Music Hall Christmas Spectacular expressed in the last days of the year.

On Broadway, “Jagged Little Pill,” which canceled its performance on Thursday, will now close through Tuesday, according to, the latest show to do so.

Insiders say the Great White Way has no plans to close completely – such as the show has left in the dark for much of 2020 – and will instead leave individual products closed and open. again if needed., to let the audience know about the cancellation.

A big question for many is whether the show the industry has been waiting for, “The Music Man” with Hugh Jackman and Sutton Foster, will begin previews as planned on Monday, a source news said.

While Broadway holds its breath, local sports teams are dealing with their own COVID situations.

Radio City Music Hall
The Rockettes canceled their performances at the end of the year due to an increase in COVID cases.
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The New York Knicks and brooklyn network There are now a total of 14 players on their COVID roster, after each was added on Saturday. The Giants canceled Friday’s full practice session amid the COVID-19 outbreak, while the NFL reported that more than 100 players have tested positive for the virus this week.

And “Saturday Night Live” destroyed its direct object to produce this venerable sketch comedy this weekend after the COVID outbreak swept through the cast.

“Everybody here is scared,” one SNL insider told The Post.

The sequence of events that take place as a state reported 21,908 new COVID cases Friday, the highest number of unique days in two years during the pandemic. The CDC estimates that 13% of new COVID cases are of the Omicron variant. The number of confirmed Omicron cases in NYC stood at 192 on Saturday.

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New York saw a record number of positive COVID tests on Friday.
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New York City hospitals say they are treating more and more COVID-19 patients, and ready for potential increase.

At Northwell Health, the state’s largest healthcare provider, 399 COVID-19 patients were being treated at their hospitals Friday, compared with 900 at the same time last year, Dr. John D’Angelo, Vice President of Emergency Medicine said.

D’Angelo said 25% of people hospitalized with COVID-19 were vaccinated, but had other risk factors that made them sicker. Those are all age groups – some are at risk, some are not,” he said.

New York City’s public hospital system insists it is “better prepared than ever.”

Christopher Miller, a spokesman for NYC Health + Hospitals, said: “COVID cases are nowhere near the records we set during the first wave of the pandemic and we can monitor them continuously. capabilities of the facility and adjust as needed.

The city’s retail sector seems to be feeling the impact of current events – along with the online shopping trend that has boomed the industry long before COVID.

An employee at Saks Fifth Avenue said Saturday, amid a sparse crowd of holiday shoppers. “It must be busy.”

A similar scene played out at the Loft store on 6th Avenue and 49th Street.

One employee said: “It’s quiet right now. “It was off and on all day.”

Meanwhile, Mayor Bill de Blasio sided with the city’s plan to organize “Full of power“New Year’s Eve Celebration in Times Square.

There are signs of hope amid the winter unrest.

Ice skating at Rockefeller Center.
Some travelers have been frustrated by the most recent closures and cancellations.
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Minnesota residents Kenny King, 33, and Madeline Outcalt, 26, visited Manhattan this weekend with plans to see the Rockettes
Kenny King, 33, and Madeline Outcalt, 26, had planned to watch the Rockettes. However, they were engaged.
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Minnesota residents Kenny King, 33, and Madeline Outcalt, 26, were visiting Manhattan this weekend with plans to see the Rockettes perform at the Radio City Music Hall Christmas Spectacular.

Their brief disappointment turned to public glee on Saturday afternoon.

“She said, “Yes! ”” King beamed, wiping away tears after proposing to Outcalt with a glittering Christmas tree behind them at Rockefeller Center.

“This is our best Christmas ever.” COVID-19 rise, Omicron variant, fuzzy holiday soul

Huynh Nguyen

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