New York City’s Covid-19 test positivity rate on a seven-day average topped 9 per cent, reaching 9.41 per cent, compared with 8.87 per cent one day earlier, Mayor Bill de Blasio tweeted on Friday.
The rate was announced to top 8 percent on December 31 and 7 per cent on December 27. It topped 3 per cent late November, which was believed by the city government to signify the arrival of a second wave of the coronavirus, and has remained above the level ever since, Xinhua news agency reported.
Meanwhile, the mayor said on Friday that there were 219 new hospitalizations and 3,419 new cases of the coronavirus in the city, adding that “2021 is here and it will be a better year for our city — but we have to keep up the fight against #COVID19.”
On Thursday, New Yorkers stuck to the century-old tradition of celebrating New Year in Times Square w