The latest health data revealed that the state of New York already hit the three million mark on COVID-19 infections since March 2020.
On the same health data, it was also learned that on Christmas eve (December 24) the state was able to record 50,000 COVID new infections.
The data also showed that NYC has also set records for Covid-19 infections nearly every day of the past week. During the week prior, there were fewer than 13,000 infections being reported each day.
Due to the soaring COVID cases in the Big Apple, thousands of flights have been canceled in the last week alone, prompting airline officials to ask the CDC to reform their Covid-19 guidelines for the fully vaccinated.
The soaring COVID cases also drove Apple to temporarily close all of its Bi Apple stores to in-person shoppers.
Among the Apple stores that are closed are its massive Fifth Avenue flagship — as well as its Grand Central, SoHo, and World Trade Center stores and smaller outlets across the five boroughs.
According to the iPhone maker’s site, only online shoppers can pick their items at the stores.
Sources said only the Apple stores in Westchester County, Long Island, New Jersey, and upstate New York remain open for in-person shopping.
It was learned that last week, Apple shuttered stores in Florida, Georgia, Texas, New Hampshire, and Canada as coronavirus cases rose.
It was also learned that on Monday, New York City reported a near-record of 17,343 new coronavirus cases.
Aside from the rising COVID cases, the city’s hospitalization rate has also more than doubled over the past week as hospitals see a surge of patients infected with the omicron variant.