Eyewitness News Afternoon Update

The search is on for the suspect or suspects responsible for the shooting that left a 31-year-old man injured.

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DAVID NAVARRO: Good afternoon. I'm David Navarro with a look at some of the local coronavirus headlines, and big announcement from New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy. Moments ago he said, restaurants and other businesses can increase to 50% indoor capacity. The new rules, which take effect on March 19, apply to restaurants, bars, barbershops, salons, gyms, and casinos.

PHIL MURPHY: Additionally, effective next Friday, same date, we are also announcing changes to our general gathering limits. Indoor gatherings that are not religious services or ceremonies, political events, weddings, funerals, memorial services, or performances will be capped at 25 individuals. That's up from 10. And similarly, outdoor gatherings that are not religious services or ceremonies, political events, weddings, funerals, or memorial services will be capped at 50 individuals, up from 25.

DAVID NAVARRO: Meanwhile in New York City, Mayor de Blasio says more than half of the new cases in the five boroughs are linked to various variants. The variant first found in the UK represented about 12% of all new cases in the city, and the new variant first discovered here in New York accounts for 39% of new cases. City health officials say there is still a lot we do not know about the variants, especially the one that sprang up here.

- Our preliminary analysis does not show that this new strain B.1.526 causes more severe illness or reduces the effectiveness of vaccines. It's important to emphasize, of course, that this is preliminary.

DAVID NAVARRO: And a reminder, beginning today, New Yorkers over the age of 60 are eligible to get vaccinated in New York. You don't need an appointment. We invite you to stay with Eyewitness News and ABC7 NY for the latest on the pandemic and the race to vaccinate people across the tri-state area.

Meteorologist Lee Goldberg will also have the AccuWeather forecast. Could we hit 70 degrees tomorrow? We'll have complete coverage beginning on Eyewitness News, first at 4:00, and the very latest on ABC7 NY.