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NYC Plans Pandemic Response Center as Positivity Rate Tops 5%

  • New Covid-19 cases, infection rate rise to highest since May
  • Partnership with private companies aims for global reach
Daily Covid-19 Cases Highest In Months As Mayor De Blasio Warns Of 'One Last Chance'
Photographer: Gabriela Bhaskar/Bloomberg

New York City plans to partner with private companies to create an institute devoted to predicting and responding to future pandemics, Mayor Bill de Blasio said.

His announcement came as new reported cases reached a weekly average of 1,962 and the citywide infection rate hit 5.19% -- the highest levels since May for both.