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The Mayor of New York Metropolis has requested residents to not journey out of the state throughout the trip


A passenger prepares for a Delta flight at LaGuardia Airport in Queens, New York on August 8, 2020.

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New York Mayor Bill de Blasio on Tuesday urged residents not to travel out of the state during the vacation as the city responds to the "real threat" of a second wave of coronavirus infections.

For those who choose to travel, he urged them to get tested and to adhere to the state's travel advice that quarantines travelers coming to New York from most of the US states for 14 days must be asked.

"I hate to say it, but I have to tell all New Yorkers: Don't travel out of the state on vacation," de Blasio said during a press conference. He said the recommendation was based on advice received from the city's health department.

"Realize that doing so could put you and your family in danger and the risk of bringing the disease back here," he said.

Passengers arriving at airports in the New York City area are urged to get tested for Covid-19 immediately, de Blasio said, adding that LaGuardia Airport and John F. Kennedy International Airport have physical testing facilities will.

"We want to make it clear that anyone who gets off an airplane should be tested immediately," said de Blasio.

The mayor also urged the federal government to mandate that travelers nationwide test negative for Covid-19 before boarding international and domestic planes.

"It's not about the aviation industry, it's about your health, the health of your family, the health and safety of the city. The country, we should think about that," he said.

Coronavirus cases in the US have increased in the past few weeks, which has led to an increase in hospital admissions. The nation is now reporting nearly 70,000 cases every day – a record that shows no signs of the Halloween and Thanksgiving fall holidays wearing off.

New York City has responded to an increase in coronavirus cases in "red zones," which have reported higher positivity rates or the overall percentage of positive tests compared to other parts of the state, particularly Brooklyn and Queens.

The city's 7-day positivity rate is now around 1.6%, a number that is "pretty stable," de Blasio said. The weekly average of daily Covid-19 cases is 528, just slightly below a threshold of 550, he said.

"We have a real threat of a second wave here in New York and we have repulsed it but we cannot take it lightly," said de Blasio.

– CNBC's Will Feuer contributed to this report.


Katherine Clark