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New York reported a record-breaking number of new coronavirus cases on Monday for the fourth day in a row, with nearly 23,400 in 24 hours.
Most of the new cases were in New York City, with more than 15,000 people testing positive.
“Everyone who has not been vaccinated, it’s time. Everyone who has not gotten that booster, it’s time,” Mayor Bill de Blasio said Tuesday during a news briefing.
De Blasio announced a new booster incentive program, offering $100 to people who get their extra shots at a city-run vaccine site between now and New Year’s Eve. He said that New York health officials believe the current surge will continue to grow and lead to a major increase in cases. But the latest wave is only expected to last a few weeks, he noted.
“No more shutdowns. We’ve been through them, they were devastating, we can’t go through it again,” he said. “We need to all work together now to get through these next few weeks.”
The city’s rolling weekly average for cases is up nearly 123%, according to data presented during Tuesday’s news briefing. Hospitalizations are up 12%, though most patients aren’t vaccinated.
New York’s string of record-breaking days started Friday, when the state reported 21,027 new cases, according to the COVID-19 data tracker from The Washington Post. On Saturday, 21,908 cases were reported, followed by 22,478 cases on Sunday and 23,391 on Monday.
YouTube: “Mayor de Blasio Hosts Media Availability,” NYC Mayor’s Office, Dec. 21, 2021.
The Washington Post: “Tracking U.S. Covid-19 cases, deaths and other metrics by state.”