05:58 GMT04 December 2020
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    Despite the number of new COVID-19 cases in the US growing at an increasing pace, Joe Biden's supporters have continued taking to the streets to celebrate his projected victory; at the same time, the vote counting is moving into the homestretch.

    On 7 November, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio and New York Sen. Chuck Schumer joined people celebrating Biden's projected victory outside the Barclays Centre in Brooklyn.

    As a video posted on Twitter shows, de Blasio was taking photos with New Yorkers, despite the fact that social distancing guidelines suggest refraining from gathering in groups. Sen. Chuck Schumer was not wearing his mask while addressing a crowd.

    ​Previously, the NYC administration enacted social distancing and face covering rules in a bid to reduce the spread of the COVID-19 virus. The restrictions included such regulations as keeping six feet away from others as well as a ban on gathering in groups of more than 50.

    The ongoing pandemic is considered to be the deadliest disaster by death toll in the history of the city. The state of New York has registered around 532,000 cases since the virus spike in March. As of 9 November, more than 25,000 people had died after testing positive for the coronavirus

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