NYC daily COVID-19 infections are approaching city's threshold

The average number of daily coronavirus cases in New York City is now approaching the threshold officials have said they want to remain under as the former epicenter tries to contain spikes in virus hot spots. 

The latest data from the city shows that the average daily case rate is at 520 infections, which is just 30 cases shy of the 550 threshold set by health officials. 

That figure, which is based on a seven-day rolling average, has been gradually increasing since late September when the daily toll was at about 300 cases.  

The uptick in average daily cases has been fueled by hot spot neighborhoods in Brooklyn and Queens that were forced to shut down businesses and schools on Thursday in a bid to curb the spread. 

Mayor Bill de Blasio has, for now, downplayed fears of citywide lockdowns due to the current uptick. 

Mayor Bill de Blasio has, for now, downplayed fears of citywide lockdowns due to the current uptick in cases. The average number of daily coronavirus cases in New York City is now approaching the threshold officials have said they want to remain under

Mayor Bill de Blasio has, for now, downplayed fears of citywide lockdowns due to the current uptick in cases. The average number of daily coronavirus cases in New York City is now approaching the threshold officials have said they want to remain under

The latest data from the city shows that the average daily case rate is at 520 infections, which is just 30 cases shy of the 550 threshold set by health officials

The latest data from the city shows that the average daily case rate is at 520 infections, which is just 30 cases shy of the 550 threshold set by health officials

Even if the city did surpass the 550 threshold for new daily cases, de Blasio suggested that wider lockdowns would not immediately be put in place because the citywide positivity rate has not spiked to alarming levels.  

Health officials have said the decision to put the hot spot neighborhoods on lockdown again was made due to rising cases and positivity rates in those specific areas.

The average positivity rate citywide is at 1.6 percent. The rate in hot spot zipcodes, according to state figures, is at 5.5 percent. 

'I would say if it was not such a localized problem, we'd be having a different discussion. If all of these indicators were moving in unison, we'd be having a different discussion, but right now we know the thing we need to know, which is where's the problem. What do we have to do about it? And that's what we're acting on,' de Blasio said. 

He said the increase in daily cases is also due, in part, to increased testing amid the hot spot spikes. About 20 to 30 percent of citywide infections are coming from those hot spot neighborhoods. 

De Blasio said the hot spot areas needed 'deep restrictions' to ensure there wasn't a citywide outbreak that could result in widespread lockdowns like the one experienced in April. 

The average positivity rate citywide is at 1.6 percent, according to NYC health department data

The average positivity rate citywide is at 1.6 percent, according to NYC health department data

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According to the latest figures, of the 88 people admitted to hospital with COVID-19 like symptoms 15 percent tested positive

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