New York is preparing to host a grand celebration to rejoice in the significant drop in coronavirus cases. During a special briefing on Monday, Mayor Bill de Blasio confirmed the celebrations that will be in the form of a concert at Central Park in August.
Statistics obtained by the city’s health department on Monday show an overall positivity rate of 0.71%, along with the seven-day average of daily cases rounding up to 215. Within the span of two vaccines administered months, the previous positivity rate of 50%- and a seven-day average of daily coronavirus cases tallying 4,000 has plummeted significantly.
Last spring, the city was in the hold of the disease that had been spreading like wildfire. Each day, the total number of coronavirus cases recorded per day used to cross the 10,000 marks. According to De Blasio, the concert is a testament to the city’s strength and resilience, and hosting it in August “will emphatically make the point that there is no stopping New York.”
Whilst speaking of the much-anticipated celebration, De Blasio told people “To get ready for an unforgettable week, a once in a lifetime concert and a moment that says ‘New York City’s back.” Additional details about the concert, singer and other performers will be revealed next week, said the mayor. He did, however, confirm turning to record producer Clive Davis for help in executing an event of such magnitude.
Despite refusing to provide any details, DeBlasio affirmed that “it’s going to be an all-star lineup.” The biggest concern is to keep people safe, and Central Park allows the team to arrange an event that can be enjoyed without any impending fears. The mayor also expressed his delight at the city’s seamless vaccination rollout.
As of now, 55% of all adults have been fully vaccinated which means more than half of the city’s entire population has received both doses of their vaccine. However, these stellar figures are overshadowed by the unequal distribution of vaccine doses. According to the health department, vaccination rates seem to be higher in Manhattan among white residents, as compared to Black residents on the outskirts of town.
Nevertheless, De Blasio and other health experts have been trying to augment efforts to increase the vaccine doses administered to the general population. The state has given people the right to be eligible for incentives including free Metro Cards, all in exchange for getting a shot. People’s inhibitions regarding the vaccine don’t seem to bother the mayor, who seems optimistic in his approach to make New York emerged as a strong city.