Newly released New York City wastewater SARS-CoV-2 sequencing records confirmed early, never before admitted detection of the Omicron variant

Newly released surveillance records indicate that New York City first detected an “Omicron overlap” from wastewater samples dated 15 November 2021, and samples from the Newtown Creek wastewater treatment plant showed Omicron was responsible for nearly 9 per cent. of viral abundance one week later.

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In the face of Delta variant outbreak, another restatement of NYC Coronavirus data as the Government deflects blame over questions about its pandemic response

Following criticism, the administration of Mayor Bill de Blasio (WFP-New York City) has restated the data underpinning weekly Coronavirus variant sequencing studies.

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Dr. Dave Chokshi, the chief New York City health minister, oversees the publication of data about the Coronavirus pandemic. Mayor Bill de Blasio refuses to explain the plunge in sample sizes used for the weekly variant sequencing studies, raising questions about the unknown breakdown of COVID-19 variants in the major sources of Coronavirus testing. NYC Mayor's Office (YouTube/Fair Use)

Letter From New York : Drop in weekly New York City COIVD-19 sequencing sample sizes prompts questions about the reliability of the weekly studies

Data analysis by Progress New York reveals that New York City appears to be undersampling COVID-19 specimens for its variant sequencing reports.

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