NYC records zero new COVID-19 deaths, lowest positivity rate yet

New York City recorded no new COVID-19 deaths on Monday while posting its lowest rate of positive coronavirus cases yet, officials in the state announced Tuesday.

Mayor Bill de BlasioBill de BlasioOn The Money: Biden issues targeted eviction moratorium | GOP skepticism looms over bipartisan spending deal The Memo: Disgraced Cuomo clings to power Overnight Health Care: Florida becomes epicenter of COVID-19 surge | NYC to require vaccination for indoor activities | Biden rebukes GOP governors for barring mask mandates MORE (D) said during a press conference that the city has a 0.83 percent positivity rate in the five boroughs, which he hailed as an “extraordinary milestone” as more and more people get vaccinated.

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“This is a testament to the power of vaccination, this is a testament to the willpower of New Yorkers fighting through this crisis, doing the right things to keep each other safe, going out and getting vaccinated in huge numbers," the mayor said.

"Let's keep going ... let's drive COVID out of New York City once and for all," he added.  

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Gov. Andrew CuomoAndrew CuomoHarassment report shows CNN's Cuomo played ongoing role in advising brother following allegations Democratic governors call on Cuomo to resign Cuomo accuser says she feels 'vindicated' by NY attorney general report MORE (D) said eight COVID-19 deaths were reported in the state on Monday, but none were in New York City, ABC7 reported. The last time New York City reported no new COVID-19 deaths was in August. 

The latest figures came on Memorial Day, with the city reporting 271 new COVID-19 cases and 72 new coronavirus hospitalizations. 

Cuomo said the statewide positivity rate is 0.77 percent, with 1,032 people hospitalized with the virus. The eight COVID-related deaths on Monday are the lowest the state has seen since October, according to NBC-affiliate WNBC

New York City, which was stricken hard in the early days of the ongoing pandemic, has seen 55 percent of its adult residents vaccinated.

– This story was updated at 4:30 p.m. to reflect that data on COVID-19 deaths came from New York State.