West Side Rag ‘With NYC’s’ off-the-chart ‘positivity rate’; Mark Levine says there should be a total ban on crowds from Times Square party

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Just a week ago, on December 23, Mayor Bill de Blasio announced “scaled-down plans” for NYC’s Times Square New Year’s Eve celebration that added protection such as full vaccination and mask requirements and reduced crowds to ensure safety amid a rising COVID -positivity rate.

“Normally hosting about 58,000 people in viewing areas, this year’s celebration will host about 15,000 people,” a press release explained, “and visitors will not have access until 3 p.m., much later than previous years.”

But this morning, On December 30, The New York Times reported that the positivity rate in the city is now ‘literally’ off the chart ‘. The chart goes up to only 20 percent, and the seven-day average was 20.97 percent. “

Given the “astonishing spread” of the virus, “ The newly elected president of Manhattan Borough, Mark Levine, urges the city to cancel personal attendance at the Times Square event completely.

“Mr Levine (who himself was recovering from his second round of Covid, despite being vaccinated and boosted) said he felt the city should not have a personal audience in Times Square on New Year’s Eve.”

“We are not doing enough to curb this,” tweeted Levine, who is an outgoing UWS city council member. He told The Times that “illness among health workers caused a ‘squeeze’ in hospitals, just as the number of cases increased rapidly. The workforce, he said, is already” exhausted, exhausted and deficient, “adding that the city” was probably just a few days from surpassing last winter’s hospital stay. “

In her tweet, Levine listed other actions NYC should take to “slow omicron.” Click on the tweet to see his suggestions.

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