In the past 24 hours, New York State reported 74,207 new Covid-19 cases, breaking its single-day record for a second straight day amid a new wave of the pandemic triggered by the latest Omicron variant, according to data issued by the local government.

Thursday’s figure was an 11 percent increase over Wednesday’s 67,090 positive cases, Xinhua news agency reported citing the data. The state’s overall infection tally currently stood at 3,330,403.

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Meanwhile, a total of 7,373 Covid-19 patients were hospitalised across the state after 606 more were admitted in the past 24 hours. This is the highest hospitalisation since February 9, increasing 138 percent since December 1, NBC New York quoted the latest update issued by Governor Kathy Hochul’s office.

At least 1,020 Covid patients are in the state ICUS, an increase of 58 overWednesday’s report. It’s the first time since early March that the number topped 1,000. “As we approach the New Year, it is vitally important that we don’t let our guard down in our fight against the pandemic,” Governor Hochul said in a statement.

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