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NYC Sees Offices Empty, Shows Canceled as Covid Wave Sweeps In

  • ‘We’ve never seen this before,’ mayor’s health adviser says
  • School closures jump, while testing is hard to come by again
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WATCH: Omicron forces companies including Citigroup, Citadel and JPMorgan to change their return to work plans.Source: Bloomberg
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New York City appears to be no match for the convergence of the delta and omicron variants, despite some of the toughest Covid-19 restrictions and highest vaccination rates in the U.S.

Just as the city was getting more crowded and office vacancies were starting to shrink, an about-face has people again on edge. New cases of the virus are at the highest since January. Businesses are asking workers to stay home, schoolrooms are shutting and testing sites have long lines snaking around city blocks. And Broadway shows and restaurants are closing down as staff shortages and pockets of Covid outbreaks sprout up around the city at the busiest time of the year for tourism.