NEW YORK - Coronavirus is rising fast again in New York.
Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced a sharp increase in positive tests for coronavirus, especially in hot spots in Brooklyn and the lower Hudson Valley.
The state recorded an overall 1.5% positive test rate Sunday, which is more than a 50% increase over previous recent daily rates.
Brooklyn had a 2.6% daily positive test rate. Orange and Rockland counties were even higher.
"We need to get to the bottom of these clusters," Cuomo said grimly.
The governor said 834 New Yorkers tested positive for COVID-19 on Sunday. That number came with a relatively modest 52,000 tests, suggesting the virus is spreading much faster than it had in recent weeks and months.
Eleven people died in the state, another number that is far higher than recent daily totals in the state.
Cuomo also announced an extension of the state's moratorium on evictions during the pandemic.
The governor sternly warned New Yorkers to redouble their efforts to keep a lid on the pandemic or prepare to pay a heavy price.
"It's no time to get tired, because the virus is not getting tired," he said.