Omicron Cases are going down. At least in New York City. The virus first arrived in mid-January, and the number of hospitalizations for COVID-19 spiked. However, since then, the cases have decreased significantly. The daily rate of cases has dropped to about half of the peak rate of late January. A lagging indicator, the daily rate will not significantly decrease for two to three weeks.
The rate of COVID-19 infections increased six-fold in just one month in New York City. But the rate of new infections dropped by 57% in the past week. The omicron infection rate rose by more than twofold in a month, and it dropped by nearly 50% in a week. In the last two weeks, there have been fewer than a thousand new COVID-19 cases reported in the city.
The COVID-19 infection rate reached 20,000 cases per day in early December and then fell to 8,000 a day in early January. This is a slow, but steady decline. The rate typically takes about one month to go up, and a month to go down. So, the latest numbers aren’t particularly encouraging. Regardless of what happens in the next few weeks, the data suggest that the virus may be on its way down.
The positive rate of the omicron virus is still on the rise. Though the number of cases is down, it is still more than twice as high as the rate for the delta variant. The Delta wave peaked at 65,306 cases on Jan. 8, and then dropped by a few hundred the following week. This indicates that omicron is on the rise. But the omicron wave was more contagious and has caused more serious infections than the Delta variant.
The omicron case rate has declined in New York City for the past two weeks. The rates of COVID-19 were at 10,000 cases per day in early December and surpassed 20,000 cases a month later. Now, the rate has fallen to 8,000 per day. It is still too early to tell if this is an indication of a blip or a long-term trend.
The rate of positivity for the omicron virus is going down. In South Africa, the omicron virus has already passed through the population of unprotected individuals. This means that the omicron virus has started to spread to socially isolated people. But, the omicron cases continue to be reported in the U.K. and South Africa. Its positive rate has dropped for 12 straight days.
In New York City, the omicron-variant has been the driving force behind the recent increase in cases of COVID-19. The number of COVID-19 cases in New York City increased 26-fold in a single month. This week, the number of COVID-19 cases in Newark has dropped by 57%. The virus has declined by more than a third in a single day in the city.
While the number of cases is still rising in some places, the rate of infection in the U.S. is still higher than in many countries. The virus has a higher transmissibility level than the original omicron. Hence, the rate of the omicron-coV is spreading more rapidly. The omicron strain in Florida has a high positive rate. A single day’s COVID-CoV-19 infection in New York City is now a “fat tail.”
In early December, the rate of COVID-19 infections in New York City was at 10,000 cases a day. By mid-December, the rate fell to 8,000. The rate of COVID-19 infection in the U.K. was ten times higher than in Florida. This trend has not been repeated. Nonetheless, the omicron has been the driving force behind the rising COVID-19 rates.
This is the first time in two months that the number of new cases for the omicron variant of Covid 19 has reached a low. Nevertheless, the omicron variant is 2.7 to 3.7 times more dangerous than the Delta variant. Its emergence in the United States has triggered a panic among the public. It is the second variant of the virus, but it is not immune to the immune system.