New York state reported greater than 1,000 new Covid-19 circumstances in a day for the primary time since mid-Could as circumstances rose amid slowing vaccination charges, the unfold of the Delta variant and relaxed social measures.
Officers reported 1,156 new optimistic circumstances, representing a positivity price of 1.39 per cent and a seven-day common price of 1.19 per cent.
Andrew Cuomo, New York’s governor, acknowledged that the combat in opposition to Covid-19 was removed from over.
“As we proceed battling the Covid-19 virus throughout the state, our high precedence is to proceed bringing the vaccine into each single neighborhood right here as quickly as potential,” he mentioned.
A New York Metropolis council member referred to as on authorities to reimpose masks mandates in indoor public areas.
“We have to reverse this pattern,” mentioned Mark Levine, who chairs the council’s well being committee.
He mentioned indoor masks use was falling, equivalent to in delis, shops, the subway and cinemas. “It’s time to resume the indoor masks mandate, together with for many who are vaccinated.”
Earlier, Mayor Invoice de Blasio mentioned there have been no plans to reimpose masks mandates in New York Metropolis because the Delta variant unfold by the town.
The pressure accounted for greater than 40 per cent of samples examined final week in New York Metropolis, up from 26 per cent within the earlier week and 10 per cent a month in the past.
This week, Los Angeles reimposed masks mandates indoors — no matter vaccination standing — and San Francisco and Las Vegas issued masks suggestions as circumstances pushed by the Delta variant proceed to rise.
“New York Metropolis must act now to gradual Delta,” Levine mentioned.
“As a result of somewhere else with vaccination charges corresponding to ours, hospitalisations began to rise — overwhelmingly amongst [the] unvaccinated — just a few weeks after rise in circumstances, equivalent to in San Francisco,” he added.