NEW YORK, Jan. 24 (Xinhua) -- New York City's COVID-19 test positivity rate on a seven-day average went down to 8.82 percent, compared with 9 percent one day earlier, Mayor Bill de Blasio tweeted on Sunday.
Meanwhile, de Blasio said that there were 273 new hospital admissions and new cases of the coronavirus reached 4,561, adding that "This Sunday stick with what works: Wear a mask. Keep six feet apart. Avoid large gatherings. If you feel sick, stay home."
On Friday, the mayor wrote to U.S. President Joe Biden, asking the federal administration to quickly address the national coronavirus vaccine shortage that was crippling the Big Apple's inoculation efforts.
"Through this effort, over 500,000 doses have been administered here," de Blasio wrote in the letter sent to the White House. "We are ready to do more, and faster, but we can't do it alone: swift action from your administration on the key strategies you laid out will make a real difference for New Yorkers, helping us speed up this process and get the vaccine to more people."
As of Saturday afternoon, the coronavirus deaths added up to 26,466 and the confirmed cases 554,966 in NYC, according to The City, a project that tracks the spread of confirmed COVID-19 infections and fatalities in New York City, based on information provided by the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, the governor's office, The COVID Tracking Project and the Center for Systems Science and Engineering at Johns Hopkins University.