New York: New York City coronavirus infections have fallen to their lowest point in seven months, with all of the numbers the city monitors dipping into the range public health officials consider acceptable for the first time since October.
The new numbers Wednesday came on the same day New York state lifted most of its remaining pandemic restrictions — with no more capacity limits on businesses and no government mask mandate for fully vaccinated New Yorkers. On Wednesday, Mayor Bill de Blasio reported 537 new cases of the virus — below the threshold of 550 that the city deems a safe level. “This is a really important day. It proves that vaccination works,” de Blasio said at a press briefing. “This is the first time since the middle of October, over seven months ago, that the indicators have all been below threshold in New York City.”
From the Bronx to Staten Island, Chinatown to Fifth Avenue, in Michelin-starred restaurants and humble corner diners, hardware stores and funeral homes, New York moved gingerly toward reopening on Wednesday, with scenes of a remembered normalcy played out alongside those of caution, New York Times added.
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