November 23rd local time, New York Mayor De Blasio said that he had been tested for the novel coronavirus citywide, and the results showed that the current positive rate of COVID-19 in New York City was 2.95%.
De Blasio said that the “huge” infection rate has made him worried about whether the spread of the epidemic can be controlled in New York City, because the infection rate has “doubled many times”.
According to last week’s data, New York City has an average of about 1,381 new confirmed cases of COVID-19 in a single day, compared with the safety threshold set by the city at 550.
De Blasio added that within a few days, New York State would identify New York City as an orange area for the coronavirus outbreak, based on state standards. On Thursday (19th), New York City has closed public schools and changed all educational courses to distance learning.
The shift to an orange zone means that the New York City’s planning to return to school program will be put on hold.