NYC’s COVID-19 infection rate nears 5 percent

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The Big Apple’s coronavirus infection rate continues to surge and has now risen to levels not seen since May, according to city data released Wednesday.  

The latest data shows that the COVID-19 infection rate on a seven-day average has hit 4.8 percent, while the daily citywide positivity rate is at 4.76 percent.

The last time the city hit an infection rate of 4.8 percent over a seven-day average was on May 28.

“Obviously, these numbers have changed a lot, very rapidly,” Mayor Bill de Blasio said during a City Hall press briefing Wednesday of the coronavirus indicators.

According to the latest city statistics, 146 people were admitted to Big Apple hospitals with suspected COVID-19 on Monday and 48 percent of them tested positive.

The city’s seven-day rolling average of new cases of the bug is at 1,809, the data shows.

“We are very, very worried about this uptick in cases,” de Blasio said, explaining, “There’s a lot we need to do to address it.”

Hizzoner noted that the current situation is not like the height of the coronavirus pandemic in the spring “because we’re seeing such a different reality in the hospitals, and thank God for that.”

Meanwhile, the daily statewide coronavirus positivity rate was at 4.63 percent.

COVID-19-related ICU admissions across New York also increased over the last 24 hours by 24, bringing the new total to 742, state data shows.

Statewide hospitalizations were at 3,924 – up by 150 from the day before, according to the stats.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo has sounded the alarm that coronavirus infections will likely soar throughout the holiday season.

“The biggest fear is overwhelming the hospitals, period,” Cuomo said during a press conference in Albany Wednesday.

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