NEW YORK, Nov. 20 (Xinhua) -- The COVID-19 infection rate on 7-day average in New York City has reached 3.02 percent, up from 3.01 percent one day earlier, Mayor Bill de Blasio tweeted on Friday.
The mayor said at his press conference on Thursday that new COVID-19 restrictions are likely to hit the city in the coming days.
"It's just a matter of time" before indoor dining and gyms close, he said, adding that "It's very likely to be in the next week or two."
He also said that the city will soon be in orange zone status, which would trigger the shutdowns.
"The orange zone rules are clear, and New York City will, before long, be in that orange zone status," he added.
New York would become an orange zone if the city's 7-day rolling positive testing average - as measured by the state - reaches 3 percent for 10 consecutive days.
As of Thursday, the coronavirus deaths have added up to 24,167 and the confirmed cases to 288,869 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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