New York State reported more than 1,000 new cases of Covid-19 in one day for the first time since mid-May, as cases increased due to slowing vaccination rates, the spread of Delta variant and relaxation of social measures.
Authorities reported 1,156 new positive cases, representing a positivity rate of 1.39% and a seven-day average rate of 1.19%.
Andrew Cuomo, Governor of New York, admitted that the fight against Covid-19 was far from over.
âAs we continue to fight the Covid-19 virus across the state, our top priority is to continue to introduce the vaccine to every community here as soon as possible,â he said.
A New York City Council member called on authorities to reimpose mask warrants in indoor public spaces.
âWe need to reverse this trend,â said Mark Levine, who chairs the board’s health committee.
He said the use of indoor masks was declining, such as in delicatessens, stores, the subway and movie theaters. âIt is time to renew the mandate of the inner mask, including for those who are vaccinated. “
Earlier, Mayor Bill de Blasio said there were no plans to reimpose mask warrants in New York City as the Delta variant spreads throughout the city.
The strain made up more than 40% of samples tested last week in New York City, down from 26% the week before and 10% a month ago.
This week, Los Angeles reimposed indoor mask warrants – regardless of vaccination status – and San Francisco and Las Vegas issued mask recommendations as cases caused by the Delta variant continue to rise.
âNew York City must act now to slow Delta,â Levine said.
“Because in other places where vaccination rates are comparable to ours, hospitalizations have started to increase – the vast majority among [the] unvaccinated – a few weeks after the increase in cases, like in San Francisco, âhe added.