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NYC urges precautions against COVID-19 as holiday season nears

Xinhua | Updated: 2020-11-10 11:43
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The entrance to Penn Station, Madison Square Garden and the James A. Foley building stand above a relatively empty 8th Avenue as streets remain less busy due to the continuing outbreak of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in the Manhattan borough of New York, May 5, 2020. [Photo/Agencies]

NEW YORK - New York City's government on Monday urged people to take precautions against the COVID-19 pandemic as Thanksgiving on Nov 26 ushers in the traditional holiday season.

"Go to virtual or outdoor religious services ... Keep family gatherings small and outdoors, if possible ... Stay local, travel safely, get a FREE COVID-19 test and quarantine for 14-days after a trip," it tweeted.

Mayor Bill de Blasio echoed by tweeting, "With the holidays around the corner, we can't get complacent. We can't risk uncontrolled COVID-19 spread. We don't want another citywide shutdown. I know how hard this will be. I know it's a major sacrifice. But we need to keep our city safe."

"When it comes to our indicators, we are in a dangerous situation in New York City: 71 patients admitted to the hospital ... 779 new cases ... The infection rate 7-day average is 2.21 percent. These numbers should have us all alarmed and ready to act with everything we've got," he added.

Last week, the mayor told the public that the city was not seeing a second wave of the pandemic as its infection rate had remained under 3 percent, but still put people on high alert as the virus could fiercely attack the city at anytime, especially during winter.

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