New York Mayor Bill de Blasio warns second wave of COVID ‘is right on us’

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Bill de Blasio warned Thursday that a second wave of COVID-19 “is right upon us” in New York City.

The mayor told reporters: “What we are now seeing more than what we have seen for a very, very long time is that these three indicators are all moving in the wrong direction or already have, in the case of everyday cases, significantly moved in the wrong direction.

“So it is quite clear at this point that this second wave is unfortunately upon us. ”

Official data shows the seven-day mobile average positivity rate topped 5% for the first time since May, hitting 5.19%, from 4.8% reported on Wednesday. The daily positivity rate is 3.9%, de Blasio said.

The number of people admitted to New York hospitals with suspected COVID-19 has reached 174; the threshold is 200 patients. More than 290,000 people have tested positive for the virus in New York; 24,305 died.

De Blasio added, “We are extremely concerned and vigilant to make sure that we protect our hospitals and that we can protect people’s lives. “

Bill de Blasio warned that a second wave of COVID-19 in New York “is upon us”

Official data shows the seven-day mobile average positivity rate topped 5% for the first time since May, hitting 5.19%, from 4.8% reported on Wednesday.  The daily positivity rate is 3.9%, de Blasio said.  This graph shows the percentage of people who tested positive, by zip code, for the last seven days of available data

Official data shows the seven-day mobile average positivity rate topped 5% for the first time since May, hitting 5.19%, from 4.8% reported on Wednesday.  The daily positivity rate is 3.9%, de Blasio said.  This graph shows the percentage of people who tested positive, by postal code, for the last seven days of available data

Official data shows that the seven-day mobile average positivity rate rose above 5% for the first time since May, reaching 5.19%, from 4.8% reported on Wednesday. The daily positivity rate is 3.9%, said de Blasio. This graph shows the percentage of people who tested positive, by zip code, for the last seven days of available data

But he noted: “We see a different reality in hospitals, for sure in the spring. And that’s a very, very important point.

“Even though this number has increased, it is still a very different reality in our hospitals than what we experienced in the spring.

“The ability of our hospitals to treat patients has improved significantly. The ability of patients to survive this disease is greatly improved. We don’t see the kind of stress on our intensive care units somewhere that we have seen in the past.

Number of people admitted to New York hospitals with suspected COVID-19 has reached 174;  the threshold is 200 patients.  More than 290,000 people have tested positive for the virus in New York;  24,305 died

Number of people admitted to New York hospitals with suspected COVID-19 has reached 174;  the threshold is 200 patients.  More than 290,000 people have tested positive for the virus in New York;  24,305 died

Number of people admitted to New York City hospitals with suspected COVID-19 has reached 174; the threshold is 200 patients. More than 290,000 people have tested positive for the virus in New York; 24,305 died

The mayor also announced Thursday his intention to create a pandemic research institute in the city “to lead the world towards solutions that will protect us in the future”.

Senior Advisor Dr Jay Varma said: “The Pandemic Response Institute is an opportunity to expand beyond laboratory work, into training, research, innovation – in all areas that we know be important for epidemics: detection, investigation, management, and this will position the city as a leader in the response to a pandemic and strengthen our infrastructure for future epidemics.

The United States reported its highest daily death toll from COVID-19 on Thursday with 117 Americans dying hourly in the past day – as analysis of CDC data shows the total death toll could reach 345,000.

There were 2,804 deaths recorded on Wednesday, which is a significant increase from the previous record of 2,603 ​​reported on April 15 during the initial peak of the pandemic.

Medical staff transport patients to Maimonides Medical Center in Brooklyn on Tuesday

Medical staff transport patients to Maimonides Medical Center in Brooklyn on Tuesday

Medical staff transport patients to Maimonides Medical Center in Brooklyn on Tuesday

People line up to get tested for COVID-19 on Tuesday in Brooklyn.  The City of York and much of the country brace for an increase in COVID-19 cases after the Thanksgiving holiday which saw millions of Americans travel to see family and friends

People line up to get tested for COVID-19 on Tuesday in Brooklyn.  The City of York, and much of the country, braces for an increase in COVID-19 cases after the Thanksgiving holiday that saw millions of Americans travel to see family and friends

People line up to get tested for COVID-19 on Tuesday in Brooklyn. The City of York, and much of the country, braces for an increase in COVID-19 cases after the Thanksgiving holiday that saw millions of Americans travel to see family and friends

Previously, John Hopkins University had reported a staggering 3,157 deaths, but revised the death toll this morning following an error in the Nevada reports.

Hospitalizations and cases across the country continue to rise in the aftermath of Thanksgiving with just over 100,000 patients treated yesterday and 200,000 confirmed infections.

De Blasio said on Thursday that the vaccines would hit the city within a few weeks with “the first shipments from December 15”.

He added: “In 12 days, Pfizer vaccine shipments, we plan to start for New York City – Moderna shipments a week later, on the 22nd.”

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