NYC COVID-19 test positivity rate up to 8.39 pct, new cases 4,855: mayor

By Xia Lin

NEW YORK, Jan. 13 (Xinhua) -- New York City's COVID-19 test positivity rate on a seven-day average went up to 8.39 percent, compared with 8.15 percent one day earlier, Mayor Bill de Blasio tweeted on Wednesday.

Meanwhile, de Blasio said that there were 279 new hospital admissions and 4,855 new cases of the coronavirus, adding that "This is our LAST big battle against COVID-19. We need to be tough and see our way through."

"We could run out of #COVID19 vaccines by the end of next week if we don't get a major shipment IMMEDIATELY. The Federal government needs to STOP holding back supplies," he said in another tweet.

"RELEASE as many doses as possible so that we can finally get out of this crisis," he added.

As of Tuesday evening, the coronavirus deaths added up to 25,698 and confirmed cases to 489,451 in NYC, 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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