NYC COVID-19 infection rate continues to rise: mayor

By Xia Lin
  • World
  • Friday, 13 Nov 2020

NEW YORK, Nov. 12 (Xinhua) -- The COVID-19 infection rate on 7-day average has reached 2.6 percent, up from 2.52 percent one day earlier, tweeted Mayor Bill de Blasio on Thursday.

This has been the highest level since June, and the rate has been climbing for several days, according to the official records. The threshold to a second wave of the pandemic is 3 percent, the mayor once said.

"We still have a chance to turn this around. Each and every one of us has a role to play. Let's get it done," de Blasio added on Thursday.

Earlier in the same day, the mayor announced that certain parts of Staten Island borough are now in a Yellow Zone, which means that mandatory COVID-19 testing is required in schools; indoor and outdoor dining is permitted, with the maximum of four people per table; 50 percent capacity is required in houses of worship; and non-essential gatherings must be at 25 percent capacity or less.

He also stressed the latest state order becoming effective on Friday, which requires bars, restaurants and gyms to close at 10 p.m. and all private gatherings in homes to be limited to 10 people.

Up to Wednesday, there were 24,096 coronavirus deaths and 275,314 confirmed cases in New York City, according to The City, a project that tracks the spread of confirmed COVID-19 infections and fatalities in New York City, based on information provided by the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, the governor's office, The COVID Tracking Project and the Center for Systems Science and Engineering at Johns Hopkins University.

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