With 79,000 new cases and 1,000 deaths in the last 24 hours alone, the spread of coronavirus seems unrelenting. And the surge in cases may be blamed, in part, on so-called pandemic fatigue—a growing disregard for basic safety measures such as wearing masks and social distancing.
Cold weather is also forcing more people indoors, where the virus can spread more easily.
“We have to own it. We have to be passionate about it. We cannot let a second wave happen here,” De Blasio said.
A second wave is already under way in Europe. A national lockdown in France starts on Friday. Violent protests erupted in Italy against new restrictions.