New York and Florida have both registered their highest number of new COVID-19 cases ever in a single day in recent days, as new cases increase across the United States.
New York set a record of 85,476 cases on Saturday, breaking the state record just days earlier. The increase in cases came in the middle of a high number of tests.
Florida recorded 75,900 cases on December 31, marking the fourth time in seven days that Florida is breaking the record, which has raised the 7-day average to 42,600 – twice as much as last summer’s increase thanks to the Delta variant.
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Florida usually only reports numbers on a Friday, but it feeds daily numbers to the CDC, which is where the new numbers came from. The Florida Department of Health will remain closed through the New Year weekend, meaning new numbers will not be available until the following week, the WFLA reported.
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The Omicron variant has driven the new increase as it has done in most parts of the country, which has resulted in a desperate need for testing. Florida residents have formed long queues in many areas, with waiting times so long that at least three people have collapsed while standing in line.
Three people waiting at the test site Al Lopez Park collapsed on Friday and demanded immediate medical attention. One person left before the doctors arrived, and the other two were women in their 60s – both with a history of blood pressure problems.
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New test sites have opened in the meantime to help with the sharp increase in demand.
New Jersey, California and Texas have also seen increases in COVID-19 cases driven by the omicron variant.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.