Some 1,000 daily virus cases in New York, a first since June

Agence France-Presse

Posted at Sep 27 2020 07:30 AM

A person sits alone in markers, painted to promote social distancing to help fight the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), on the Laurie M. Tisch Illumination Lawn at the Lincoln Center in Manhattan, New York City, US, September 26, 2020. Andrew Kelly, Reuters

NEW YORK - New York state, the onetime epicenter of the US novel coronavirus epidemic, has seen case numbers rise to more than 1,000 a day, local officials said Saturday.

These high figures have not seen since June 5, according to statistics released by the office of Governor Andrew Cuomo.

"Of the 99,953 tests reported yesterday (Friday), 1,005 were positive," Cuomo tweeted.

"It's vital that New Yorkers continue to practice the basic behaviors that drive our ability to fight COVID-19 as we move into the fall and flu season," he added in a statement. 

"We'll continue to closely monitor the data and keep New Yorkers updated so they can make educated decisions for themselves and their families." 

Overall, the health situation in New York state has nevertheless improved since the height of the virus crisis in the spring.

Restaurants in New York city, which are currently serving customers outdoors, will be allowed to welcome diners indoors starting Wednesday at 25 percent capacity.

Overall, the United States on Friday registered 7 million confirmed COVID-19 cases since the start of the pandemic.

The disease has also killed nearly 205,000 people in the country, according to figures from Johns Hopkins University, which maintains a real-time tally of the toll.

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