Mayor Bill de Blasio said that New York City was “dangerously close” to a second coronavirus wave in comments he made on November 9. He said the infection rate across the city is getting higher.

“We see the presence of the coronavirus in this city and it’s trying to reassert itself,” de Blasio said during a press briefing. “We need to do everything in our power to stop the coronavirus from reasserting in New York City. We have to stop a second wave from happening here, it is getting dangerously close.”

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The infection rate is higher than 2 percent, which indicates additional infections not seen since late spring in the city. In his warning, he said that residents must work together to stop the second wave, “Now, unfortunately, we’re seeing a real growth in the positivity rate in this city and that is dangerous.”We can stop a second wave if we act immediately, but we have one last chance and everyone has to be a part of it,” he said.

The concern is people gathering indoors and not wearing masks, de Blasio commented. “We’re seeing household transmission. We’re seeing community spread. We’re seeing things we have not seen in a long time – and we have to stop them.”

He urged people to wear masks and avoid gathering indoors. The city’s health commissioner, Dave Chokshi also spoke and urged people to be cautious with the holidays coming up, “The holidays this year cannot look like years past … Many of the things that make the holidays the most special also carry the most risk. “Six feet [distance] and a mask are what helps separate us from a second wave of hospitalizations and avoidable suffering,” Chokski said.

President-elect Biden also announced a coronavirus task force to help manage the pandemic.

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