NYC COVID-19 test positivity rate down to 8.23 pct, new cases top 5,000: mayor

By Xia Lin

NEW YORK, Jan. 19 (Xinhua) -- New York City's COVID-19 test positivity rate on a seven-day average went down to 8.23 percent, compared with 8.29 percent one day earlier, Mayor Bill de Blasio tweeted on Tuesday.

Meanwhile, de Blasio said that there were 255 new hospital admissions and new cases of the coronavirus topped 5,000 to reach 5,009, adding that "THIS is why a full vaccine supply is so critical. We NEED more doses so we can fight back."

"As of Sunday, a New Yorker was getting vaccinated for COVID-19 every THREE seconds. And we're going to keep going," the mayor said in another tweet.

"At this rate, we will run out THIS Friday. We need federal support right now. We need the maximum supply," he added.

As of Monday afternoon, the coronavirus deaths added up to 26,104 and the confirmed cases 525,675 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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