NYC COVID-19 infection rate hits 3.19 pct: mayor

By Xia Lin

NEW YORK, Nov. 26 (Xinhua) -- New York City's COVID-19 infection rate on a seven-day average reached 3.19 percent, compared with 3.05 percent one day earlier, Mayor Bill de Blasio tweeted on Thursday.

"Take these numbers seriously. Wear a mask. Keep your celebrations small and practice social distancing," he added.

The rate topped 3 percent a week ago and has remained above the level ever since. Three percent is deemed a threshold for a second wave of the pandemic by the municipal government.

In preparation for the second wave, over 150 million pieces of personal protective equipment have been amassed by the government, said an official press release issued on Wednesday.

"A second wave is at our doorstep, and we're taking zero chances on preparedness," de Blasio was quoted as saying. "New York City has stepped up so our frontline heroes and healthcare workers will have what they need to save lives."

As of Tuesday evening, coronavirus deaths have added up to 24,220 and confirmed cases to 298,275 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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