New York City surpasses China, UK with 100,000 coronavirus cases
More than 189,000 cases have been reported in New York state, the hardest-hit state in the US, and the death toll now stands at 9,385.
New York City -- the epicentre of the COVID-19 pandemic in the US -- now alone has over 100,000 novel coronavirus cases, more than the confirmed cases in China and the UK. This comes as FDA Commissioner Stephen Hahn acknowledged the need to ramp up testing.
According to the data from the New York City government, an increase of at least 5,695 cases on Sunday put New York City's total number of coronavirus infections at over 104,410 as of April 12 and 27,676 hospitalisations. The city's death toll is 6,898.
New York City now has more coronavirus cases than China and the UK. According to estimates by Johns Hopkins University, there are 85,208 coronavirus cases in the UK, 83,135 in China and 71,686 in Iran.
The US has 557,300 cases and over 22,000 people have died so far. Globally the number of COVID19 cases is over 1.8 million and 114,185 people have died from the disease.
Stephan Hahn, the commissioner of the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) said on ABC’s “This Week”: “further ramping up testing, both diagnostic as well as the antibody tests, will really be necessary as we move beyond May into the summer months and then into the fall.” The doctor added that the United States has done more than 2 million tests, but stated: “We need to do more. No question about that.”
SITUATION IN NEW YORK STATE
More than 189,000 cases have been reported in New York state, the hardest-hit state in the US, and the death toll now stands at 9,385. New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio told reporters on Sunday that the past week was a "very, very tough" one in the city's hospitals.
He said while it was a “tough and painful week” for New York City, it was not as worse as had been initially expected.
New York Governor Andrew Cuomo said 758 more people died in the state from coronavirus in a 24-hour period, describing it as "terrible news" even as the infection rate continues to slow and stressed he will work with New Jersey and Connecticut on a coordinated plan to reopen the economy that also safeguards public health.
Cuomo said the big question on everyone's mind is when will the economy reopen. “People want to get on with their lives, people want to get out of the house. (They have) cabin fever. We need the economy working, people need a paycheck. Life has to function,” he said at his daily briefing Sunday.
The Governor stressed that he wants to reopen the state and the economy as soon as possible.
But he also emphasised that the last thing New York needs is an uptick in the infection rate and hospitalization numbers that the state has worked so hard to bring down. “So we need a strategy that coordinates business and schools and transportation and workforce.”
The Governor and de Blasio also continued to disagree over when to open public schools across the state.