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Photo: Jeenah Moon/Getty Images

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo will end his daily coronavirus briefings this week, he told reporters Wednesday.

Why it matters: His final briefing on Friday will be his 111th, per NY1's Pat Kiernan — an unprecedented streak of media availability amid the pandemic.

  • He said he plans to continue to hold briefings "as needed."

The big picture: Once the global epicenter for coronavirus, New York has seen a large decrease in its number of daily new cases.

  • Parts of the state will enter phase 3 of its reopening process this week.
  • There were only 567 new coronavirus cases among the 59,341 New Yorkers who were tested for coronavirus Tuesday — a record low positivity rate of 0.96%. The state also had 17 deaths, the lowest since the pandemic began, according to Cuomo.

Worth noting: He warned against other states reopening too soon, noting that new cases and hospitalizations have increased in a number of states as they have started lifting restrictions.

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Sep 24, 2020 - Health

Cuomo: New York will conduct its own review of coronavirus vaccine

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo. Photo: Michael M. Santiago/Getty Images

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) said Thursday that the state will move forward with its own review process of coronavirus vaccines even if the Food and Drug Administration approves one or more for distribution and public use.

Why it matters: The motion could sow further public doubt that the federal government could release a vaccine based on political motives rather than safety and efficacy.

Updated Oct 7, 2020 - Health

World coronavirus updates

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Data: The Center for Systems Science and Engineering at Johns Hopkins; Map: Axios Visuals

New Zealand now has active no coronavirus cases in the community after the final six people linked to the Auckland cluster recovered, the country's Health Ministry confirmed in an email Wednesday.

The big picture: The country's second outbreak won't officially be declared closed until there have been "no new cases for two incubation periods," the ministry said. Auckland will join the rest of NZ in enjoying no domestic restrictions from late Wednesday, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said, declaring that NZ had "beat the virus again."

Coronavirus cases rise in 22 states

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Data: The COVID Tracking Project, state health departments; Note: Texas added a backlog of cases on Sept. 22, removing that from the 7-day average Texas' cases increased 28.3%; Map: Andrew Witherspoon, Sara Wise/Axios

The coronavirus is surging once again across the U.S., with cases rising in 22 states over the past week.

The big picture: There isn't one big event or sudden occurrence that explains this increase. We simply have never done a very good job containing the virus, despite losing 200,000 lives in just the past six months, and this is what that persistent failure looks like.

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