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People wait in line at a COVID-19 testing point in the Brooklyn borough of New York, the United States, on Nov. 21, 2020. (Photo by Michael Nagle/Xinhua)

"It's just a matter of time" before indoor dining and gyms close, and "It's very likely to be in the next week or two," says the mayor.

NEW YORK, Nov. 22 (Xinhua) -- The COVID-19 infection rate on 7-day average fell down to 3.09 percent from 3.11 percent one day earlier, Mayor Bill de Blasio tweeted on Sunday, adding that "the second wave is real. We can't let up the fight now."

The rate hit 3.02 percent on Friday, 3.01 percent on Thursday and 3.00 percent on Wednesday, according to official records.

Children play at Sunset Park in the Brooklyn borough of New York, the United States, on Nov. 21, 2020. (Photo by Michael Nagle/Xinhua)

All the public schools in the city ended in-person learning indefinitely on Thursday after the rate reached 3 percent, and the mayor said on the same day that "It's just a matter of time" before indoor dining and gyms close, and "It's very likely to be in the next week or two."

These measures would be triggered if the state declares New York City an "orange zone" based on an increased number of people testing positive for coronavirus. The state classifies the outbreak regions respectively as red, orange and yellow zones according to their pandemic severity.

As of Saturday afternoon, the coronavirus deaths have added up to 24,202 and the confirmed cases to 290,890 in New York City, 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. ■

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