Mayor Bill de Blasio vowed to crackdown on large Halloween gatherings this weekend amid “worrisome” new data showing an increasingly growing number of COVID-19 infections in the city.
Over a seven-day average, 1.92 percent of New Yorkers have tested positive for coronavirus — a statistics that’s typically hovered between 1.5 to 1.75 percent over the past few weeks, the mayor said at his daily press briefing.
“The growth is what worries me,” he added.
De Blasio said people need to exercise extreme caution over the Halloween weekend — and beyond.
“If people want to trick-or-treat outdoors, small groups with masks on, that’s great,” he said. “Big gatherings, parties, that’s not great at all. If we find out about them, we’ve going to have to break them up because it’s dangerous. We gotta buckle down.”
He also doubled down on avoiding travel this holiday season.
“People should not travel for the holidays unless absolutely necessary,” he said, noting the spike in cases in other parts of the country.
Other new COVID-19 numbers include 532 new reported cases over a seven-day average, a number that’s just shy of the 550 case threshold.
The percentage of people testing positive for the bug citywide is at 2.7 percent.
“That’s a very worrisome number, it’s literally twice yesterday,” he said, though adding that “it’s somewhat aberrant as a number.”
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