Mayor Bill de Blasio did not skimp on Thursday in acknowledging that there is a sustained increase “very worrying” of COVID-19 infections through five boroughs of the city and urged New Yorkers to take the suggested preventive measures and to stay home on the weekend of Halloween and rule out travel in the Christmas season.
“People really shouldn’t travel on vacation unless absolutely necessary because, unfortunately, almost every other place is doing worse in the fight against coronavirus and if you go elsewhere, the chances of bringing him back are high”, He highlighted De Blasio.
The Mayor made these statements together with his health team, in the daily evaluation on the pandemic situation in which it revealed that the daily number of people with suspected cases of COVID-19 admitted to hospitals until Wednesday is 81 and the seven-day fluctuating average of new reported cases is 532.
De Blasio added that the number of positive tests in the city reached 1.92% based on the seven-day average, the highest number in weeks and the first time the metric has experienced a “Significant jump” ever since the city started tracking her in September.
“Growth is what worries me. And we cannot allow that number to continue to grow. We’re really going to have to lower those numbers. This is a dangerous moment and we have to take it very, very seriously, ”De Blasio insisted.
While previous rallies were driven by outbreaks limited to certain neighborhoods in Brooklyn and Queens, Health officials now acknowledge that new cases are increasing across the city.
The doctor Jay varma, the Mayor’s chief health advisor said: “We see a slow and steady increase in many, many parts of the city.”
Varma recalled that European cities have reimposed confinements and warned that New York could do the same if the situation continues to get worse.
“It is important for us to take all those individual measures like avoiding meetings, wearing masks, keeping our distance if we want to avoid the same result,” added Varma.
De Blasio He reiterated his request that New Yorkers avoid traveling out of state to see family during the upcoming Christmas season. He also warned that the city banned Halloween parties this weekend.
Finally, the mayor reported that some southern Brooklyn neighborhoods remain under state closure orders, requiring non-essential businesses and schools to close and houses of worship limited to ten people.