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(NEW YORK) – As the COVID-19 pandemic swept the world, more than 5.2 million people have died from the disease worldwide, including more than 793,000 Americans, according to real-time data compiled by the Center for Systems Science and Johns Hopkins University Engineering.

In the United States, only 60.4% of the population is fully vaccinated against COVID-19, according to data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Here is how the news is evolving. Every hour in the East:

Dec 10, 10:04 AM
Masks or vaccination documents required in all indoor public places in New York

Masks will now be mandatory in all indoor public places in New York state, unless the business or location requires proof of full vaccination, Governor Kathy Hochul said on Friday.

The new measure goes into effect Monday and lasts at least until January 15 as the state tries to disrupt a winter wave.

New York’s seven-day average case rate has jumped 43% since Thanksgiving, according to the governor’s office.

“We should not have reached the point where we are facing a winter wave, especially with the vaccine at our disposal, and I share the frustration of many New Yorkers that we have not yet passed this pandemic,” Hochul said in a statement. “I want to thank the more than 80% of New Yorkers who did what it took to get a full vaccine. If others follow suit, these measures will no longer be necessary.”

Dec 09, 7:33 p.m.
At least 25 states have confirmed cases of omicron

At least 25 states have now reported cases of the omicron variant, just over a week after California identified the first case in the United States

Iowa, Michigan and Virginia became the last states on Thursday to confirm positive cases of the worrisome new variant.

Other states with confirmed cases include Arizona, Colorado, Connecticut, Florida, Georgia, Hawaii, Illinois, Louisiana, Maryland, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Nebraska , New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Texas, Utah, Washington and Wisconsin.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention director Rochelle Walensky told The Associated Press on Wednesday that most cases were mild, although there was at least one hospitalization.

-Arielle Mitropoulos from ABC News

09 Dec, 4:22 p.m.
The daily average of cases in the United States has increased by almost 83% since October

COVID-19-related hospitalizations in the United States have increased 47% over the past month, according to federal data. Almost 80% of adult intensive care beds are full.

The United States is now reporting more than 117,000 new cases every day. The daily average of cases has jumped nearly 83% since the end of October, according to federal data.

New Hampshire has the highest case rate in the country, followed by Michigan, Minnesota, Rhode Island, New Mexico, Indiana, Vermont, Massachusetts and New York.

-Arielle Mitropoulos from ABC News

Dec 09, 2:54 p.m.
More than 2 million children aged 5 to 11 fully immunized

More than 2 million children aged 5 to 11 are now fully immunized, said White House COVID-19 data director Cyrus Shahpar.

These children are among more than 200 million Americans of all ages who are now fully immunized, according to the White House.

Shahpar’s tweet added: “Early evidence indicates that boosters increase protection against Omicron. Get boosted!”

However, about two-thirds of parents of school-aged children delay or refuse to have their youngest children immunized, according to a survey published Thursday by the nonprofit Kaiser Family Foundation.

Parents of teenagers are more willing to get their children vaccinated, but so far only about half of this age group have been vaccinated, KFF found.

The new findings come despite growing evidence that the vaccine is safe and that children and adolescents are now helping to increase the number of cases.

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