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Time Square will welcome the crowd for New Year’s Eve despite a hike in COVID-19 cases

The New Year's Eve show in Times Square will go on amid the COVID-19 outbreak

The New Year’s Eve show in Times Square will go on amid the COVID-19 outbreak, according to the mayor of New York City.

Smaller crowds and immunizations will be necessary at the scaled-back bash. With record numbers of COVID-19 infections in the city and across the country, Mayor Bill de Blasio stated Thursday that New York City will ring in 2022 in Times Square as scheduled.

“We want to show that we’re going forward, and we want to show the world that New York City is battling its way through this,” said de Blasio, who will leave office on Friday.

City officials earlier announced a plan for a scaled-back New Year’s Eve blowout with smaller crowds and vaccines required after barring revelers from Times Square a year ago due to the outbreak. “We need to send a message to the rest of the world. New York City is now available for business,” he stated.

COVID-19 infections in the United States have skyrocketed to their highest levels on record, with more than 265,000 cases per day on average, because of the highly contagious Omicron variation, which was initially identified as a variant of concern last month. According to New York state numbers, the city of New York recorded a high number of new, confirmed cases on Tuesday – more than 39,590.

De Blasio suggested that the solution is to “double down on vaccines,” noting that 91% of New York City residents had received at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine.

Eric Adams, the city’s future mayor, will take the oath of office in Times Square on Saturday morning. Adams, like de Blasio, is a Democrat, and he plans to hold a press conference later Thursday to lay out his pandemic strategy.

Source: CBC News

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