(NEW YORK) – With an increase in COVID-19 cases across the country alongside the spread of the new omicron variant, several major events this week have been rescheduled or canceled.
New York and Washington, DC on Friday and Wednesday, respectively, reported the most COVID-19 cases in a single day, breaking their pandemic records.
The NFL rescheduled its Saturday game between the Cleveland Browns and the Las Vegas Raiders on Friday until 5 p.m. ET on Monday.
According to a statement from Cleveland Browns senior vice president of communications Peter John-Baptiste, all members of the organization who recently tested positive have been vaccinated.
Sunday’s games between the Washington football team and the Philadelphia Eagles, and between the Los Angeles Rams and the Seattle Seahawks have also been postponed until Tuesday.
In a statement, the NFL said it made the schedule changes “on the basis of medical advice” after “seeing a new, highly transmissible form of the virus.”
This trend can be seen in other sports as well, as the NHL announced earlier that it was postponing all Colorado Avalanche and Florida Panthers games until at least Christmas weekend in mid-winter. ‘a COVID-19 epidemic.
The organization highlighted the increase in positive cases over the past two days and the continued spread of COVID-19 as a concern.
The Calgary Flames’ stoppage, which has already postponed six games, has been extended until December 23.
The increase in cases has also affected events in the entertainment sphere. Shows like “A Christmas Carol” at the Ahmanson Theater in Los Angeles have been canceled due to major infections among the show’s cast.
In New York City, the Rockettes canceled four “The Christmas Spectacular Starring the Radio City Rockettes” shows scheduled for Friday also due to “cases of COVID-19 disruption in production,” a representative said.
On Broadway in New York City, “Moulin Rouge! The Musical on Broadway” also canceled its Friday show due to positive cases within the show company.
Earlier this week, several other Broadway shows like “Hamilton” and “Harry Potter and the Cursed Child” had also canceled shows due to infections, local ABC affiliate WABC-TV reported.
On December 12, singer-songwriter Doja Cat pulled out of future performances on iHeartRadio’s Jingle Ball Tour after testing positive for COVID-19.
She announced on Instagram that she had tested positive after a few members of her production team also tested positive.
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