Confirmed cases of COVID-19 are on the rise again due to the omicron variant and its high level of transmissibility. On Dec. 26, 189,714 new cases of COVID-19 were reported. Of those, 54,828 came from New York City. This means that 28.9% of new cases reported for Dec. 26 came from the Big Apple.
“I feel like this story would be framed differently if it were Florida,” noted New York Post columnist Karol Markowitz.
Over 25% of America's positive COVID cases are in NYC? I feel like this story would be framed differently if it were Florida. pic.twitter.com/M9LEpWKm7h
— Karol Markowicz (@karol) December 27, 2021
True enough, on Christmas Eve, the Associated Press reported that Florida “broke a record” for new COVID-19 cases in a single day since the start of the pandemic.
Florida reported 31,758 new COVID-19 cases on Friday, breaking a record for the most cases in a single day since the start of the pandemic in the U.S. in March 2020, according to data from the CDC. https://t.co/kUd18RJPZs
— The Associated Press (@AP) December 24, 2021
I won’t hold my breath for the Associated Press to report on New York City accounting for nearly 30% of new cases in the United States in a single day.
This development comes despite New York Gov. Kathy Hochul’s mask mandate having been in effect since Dec. 13. A vaccine mandate for New York City also took effect on Monday.