Up to 1 million NYC residents may have been exposed to coronavirus
One million Big Apple residents may have been exposed to coronavirus, the city’s top doctor said Thursday.
“It wouldn’t surprise me that at this point in time if we had 1 million New Yorkers who were exposed to COVID-19,” Health Commissioner Dr. Oxiris Barbot said during Mayor Bill de Blasio’s daily press briefing.
The official count of confirmed coronavirus cases in New York City was at 138,435 as of Wednesday, according to city statistics.
Meanwhile, de Blasio said Thursday that the city is ramping up its testing capacity from 10,000 tests per day last week to 11,000 tests per day this week.
“This week that numbers going to start to go up. We’re going to add on average at least 1,000 [tests] per day,” Hizzoner said, noting that people being tested include patients, health care workers and first responders.
“That number I hope will start to increase steadily,” de Blasio said.
The mayor added that he hopes the city can boost its testing capacity to upwards of tens of thousands per day.
“The numbers I want to get to certainly begins with many tens of thousands a day,” he said. “In a perfect world, we’d get to hundreds of thousands a day.”
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