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Coronavirus latest: Reduce gap between AstraZeneca doses to 8 weeks for over 40s, says health expert

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New York state has the lowest seven-day average Covid-19 positivity rate of 0.44 percent, Governor Andrew Cuomo said, citing data from Johns Hopkins University.

On Sunday, the state health department said 383 new positive cases were identified out of 110,437 tests – a rate of just 0.35 per cent.

“We’re outpacing COVID-19 across the state and New York has the lowest seven-day average positivity rate in the country, but there’s going to be more vaccinations to get us over the finish line,” Cuomo said.

He said the state plans to offer “exciting incentives” for vaccination.

Cuomo said more than two-thirds of New York adults — 67.2 percent — now had at least one dose of the vaccine, and 60 percent had been fully vaccinated.

“I encourage all eligible people who have not yet been vaccinated to take advantage of the free $20 lottery ticket.”

Scholarships were also being offered at the State University of New York System and the City University of New York.

The number of new coronavirus cases in the US remains near levels not seen since the early days of the pandemic, an encouraging drop that has prompted some states to roll back their daily reporting of Covid-19 trends.

Infections, hospitalizations and deaths related to COVID-19 have declined sharply since the winter surge brought about by the vaccination rollout that began in December.

Overall, about 64 percent of American adults have now received at least one shot, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Based on a Financial Times analysis of Johns Hopkins University data, the US has reported 15,928 infections per day for the week ended June 10, nearly half a month over the period and 94 percent lower than its January peak of about 251,085 . .

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