NYC COVID-19 infection rate down to 3.06 pct: mayor

By Xia Lin

NEW YORK, Nov. 23 (Xinhua) -- New York City's COVID-19 infection rate on a seven-day average went down to 3.06 percent from 3.09 percent one day earlier, tweeted Mayor Bill de Blasio on Monday.

The rate was announced as hitting 3.11 percent on Saturday, 3.02 percent on Friday, 3.01 percent on Thursday and 3.00 percent on Wednesday, according to official figures.

"We're not out of the woods yet. Not by a long shot," said the mayor on Twitter.

All the public schools in the city ended in-person learning indefinitely on Thursday due to the rate's rise to 3 percent, and the mayor said on the same day that "it's just a matter of time" before indoor dining and gyms close, and "it's very likely to be in the next week or two."

These measures would be triggered if the state declares New York City an "orange zone" based on an increased number of people testing positive for the coronavirus. The state classifies its regions into red, orange and yellow zones in accordance with their pandemic severity.

As of Sunday evening, coronavirus deaths have added up to 24,206 and confirmed cases to 294,765 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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