Rise of Omicron dashes New York’s Christmas cheer as COVID surges

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By Maria Caspani and Gabriella Borter NEW YORK (Reuters) -COVID-19 cases surged in New York City and around the United States over the weekend, dashing hopes for a more normal holiday season, resurrecting restrictions and stretching the country’s testing infrastructure ahead of holiday travel and gatherings. The spike is alarming public health officials, who see the Omicron variant of the coronavirus fast becoming dominant in the United States and fear an explosion of infections after the Christmas and New Year’s holidays. With the new variant in circulation, COVID-19 cases are now doubling in…

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