With Omicron cases on the rise, New York health officials have reported an uptick in children being admitted to hospitals, while the White House committed on Sunday to fix the country's Covid-19 test shortage as soon as possible. Of a statement released Friday, the New York State Department of Health warned of "an increasing trend in pediatric hospitalizations connected with Covid-19." It found "four-fold increases in Covid-19 hospital admissions for minors 18 and under commencing the week of December 5 through the current week" in New York City, according to the report. Omicron Coronavirus Approximately half of the admissions are children under the age of five, who are not eligible for vaccines, according to the department. According to data from Johns Hopkins University, the number of Covid-19 cases in the United States is increasing, with an average of approximately 190,000 new infections each day over the last seven days. The debut of the new Omicron variety, combined with holiday celebrations that often include travel and family reunions, has resulted in a rush on tests in the United States, where getting one is difficult in many places. On Sunday, top US pandemic expert Anthony Fauci admitted a "testing difficulty" with Covid and promised that further tests will be accessible to Americans next month.As the US confronts its newest Covid spike, President Joe Biden announced a slew of new steps on Tuesday, including mailing half a billion free home tests in the aftermath of the Christmastime testing crunch. The White House, whose policy has been primarily focused on immunizations for weeks, has been chastised for the fact that many tests will not be accessible until January. – 'Extraordinarily contagious' – Fauci said on Sunday that the administration was stepping up its efforts to combat the increase and that Omicron was "extraordinarily contagious."