NYC COVID-19 infection rate rises to 3.64 pct: mayor

By Xia Lin

NEW YORK, Nov. 28 (Xinhua) -- New York City's COVID-19 infection rate on 7-day average kept on rising and reached 3.64 percent, compared with 3.33 percent one day earlier, Mayor Bill de Blasio tweeted on Saturday.

"Get a free COVID test this weekend and help our city fight back," added the mayor.

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

Over 150 million pieces of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) have been amassed by the city government in preparation for the second wave, said an official press release issued on Wednesday.

As of Friday evening, the coronavirus deaths have added up to 24,255 and the confirmed cases to 305,080 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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