NYC COVID-19 test positivity rate down to 8.6 pct, new cases 4,645: mayor


By Xia Lin

NEW YORK, Jan. 16 (Xinhua) -- New York City's COVID-19 test positivity rate on a seven-day average went down to 8.6 percent, compared with 8.7 percent one day earlier, Mayor Bill de Blasio tweeted on Saturday.

Meanwhile, de Blasio said that there were 285 new hospital admissions and 4,645 new cases of the coronavirus, adding that "If you feel sick, stay home. Practice social distancing. Wear your mask. Get tested."

On Friday, the mayor said that the city was on pace to run out of COVID-19 vaccine supply next week and asked the federal government to send additional doses.

"We will run out of vaccine next week in New York City," he said. "The supply should go to where there is an infrastructure to get it into people's arms. We know there is supply in this country not being used."

As of Friday, the city had under 186,000 first doses remaining. Two of the city's largest hospital systems of New York University and Mt. Sinai were no longer booking appointments for the time being and all systems were expected to run out by the end of next week without resupply, according to an official release.

The city reported 33,847 doses on Thursday and had already administered more than 337,500 doses to New Yorkers, including over 42,000 second doses. The city had administered 71.3 percent of the 175,000 vaccines it aimed to distribute by the end of this weekend, it added.

As of Friday afternoon, the coronavirus deaths added up to 25,909; the confirmed cases topped 500,000 to reach 508,357 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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