New York City’s mayor Bill de Blasio warned that half of of the city’s 8 million citizens are likely to get the coronavirus during this epidemic according to a report by Fox News.
In a City Hall press briefing de Blasio stated “It’s a fair bet to say that half of all New Yorkers and maybe more than half will end up contracting this disease.”.
Mayor de Blasio painted a picture of NYC’s future that he described as “very deeply worrisome” as the coronavirus was already responsible for 385 deaths as of March 26. The rise in positve results in partially related to the massive increase to testing ability.
The initial report on mayor de Blasio’s projections was done by Fox News.
His health commissioner, Dr. Oxiris Barbot, said the percentage could be even worse by the fall.
“We think 50 percent by the end of this epidemic, this pandemic, so by the time September rolls around likely 50 percent, but it could also be much higher,” Dr. Barbot said at the briefing.
De Blasio added that there’s no certain patient zero for the metropolis, even though officials had previously identified a Manhattan health care worker who’d returned from Iran as the first case in early March.
“We don’t even know truly when it first asserted here in the city,” de Blasio admitted.
A remarkably high spike of 100 deaths in New York were reported from Wednesday to Thursday in the New York Times. Gov. Cuomo stated that the spike does not diminish his optimistic attitude towards how social distancing is helping slow down the infection rate.
New York has become the epicenter of the coronavirus pandemic in the U.S. A Navy hospital bed carrying an addition 1,000 beds is still en route to Manhattan.
There are currently plans to construct a 1,000 bed hospital in every burough of New York City to help relieve the burden on the current healthcare network. Gov. Cuomo has stated that the city needs many more beds and encouraged medical staff to use trash bags as gowns when supplies get low.