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New restrictions in NYC as COVID-19 cases increase

The fight to control and eventually eradicate COVID-19 continues, including in New York City where new restrictions began Wednesday for parts of the Big Apple as COVID-19 cases soared. 

Part of the fight against coronavirus involves COVID-19 testing. According to Mayor Bill de Blasio, New York City has been at the forefront of testing, with more than 1 million COVID tests given since the start of the pandemic.

De Blasio acknowledged that due to the ongoing health crisis, the holidays will be “different” and “tough” for many people. In the days leading up to holiday, he urged people to not travel this holiday season. 

Indoor dining and gyms across New York City could close in the next week or two, the mayor warned, as the latest yellow and orange zone restrictions took effect in parts of the city and neighboring suburbs on Wednesday.

“Do not travel. Stay local. Keep it small. If you love people, if you love your extended family, help them stay alive so we can all celebrate together in person next year,” de Blasio said. 

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