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Omicron surge cripples NYC due to staff shortages

By 01/04/2022 10:05 AMNo CommentsBy YidInfo Staff

The continued surge of Omicron has caused huge havoc on various sectors in New York City on Monday.

Important sectors such as Emergency Services, Transportation, Health, Restaurants, and Schools among others suffered a lot due to lack of sufficient personnel.

Manhattan Borough President Mark Levine said due to Omicron, there’s hardly a sector that’s not impacted.

“The impact is real,” Levine said.

In the emergency sector, the NYPD had 14 percent – or nearly 5,000 of the force’s 35,000 uniformed officers – out sick Monday.

Sources said almost 2,000 cops had COVID, while the other 3,000 were experiencing flu-like symptoms.

According to reports, FDNY said 30 percent of its 4,200 EMS staff and 18 percent of its 11,000 firefighters were sick.

In the transportation sector, several thousands of MTA employees are out due to Omicron.

It was learned that the transit worker shortages have already forced a cut back to train services, including shutting down three lines – the B, W, and Z – through Monday.

It was further learned that by Monday afternoon, 118 flights out of LaGuardia Airport had already been canceled, according to the Flight Aware tracking site.

Also, John F. Kennedy International Airport saw 43 of its scheduled flights axed – part of a nationwide trend amid Omicron cases and wintry weather conditions.

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