Coronavirus in New York City: New York Accounts for Approximately 5% of the World’s Confirmed Cases
The deadly strain of coronavirus is rising continuously in New York City. Three weeks after the confirmation of the first case, the city, including its suburbs, reached an alarming milestone on Sunday.
New York and its suburbs have 5% of the world’s confirmed cases of the coronavirus. The increase in the cases is a result of the rapid growth of the outbreak. According to health officials, testing has revealed how rapidly the coronavirus is spreading in the region.
As of Sunday night, there were 16,887 confirmed cases of coronavirus in the region. There has been an increase of 4,627 cases since Saturday. Around 1 in every 8 patients is hospitalized, and there have been 114 fatalities by Sunday morning.
Gov. Andrew Cuomo said that most of the recently dead people were above the age of 70; this age group of people is specifically susceptible to the respiratory attacks caused by the disease. He said that people belonging to the age group of 18 to 49 make up more than half of the cases in the state.
New York has adopted its toughest measures in order to stop the coronavirus. On Sunday, as of 8 p.m., the governor ordered to shut down all the nonessential businesses v. Residents were ordered to stay inside and were only allowed to go out for necessities like medicine or food.
Mayor Bill de Blasio and Mr.Cuomo have said that the city would not be locked down, and all the facilities like subways, commuter railways, and other transportation links will function continuously. But Mr. Cuomo has warned that there will be months of restrictions.
Mr. Cuomo said, “There’s not going to be chaos, there’s not going to be anarchy.” He further said, “The timeline, nobody can tell you, it depends on how we handle it.” He added, “But 40 percent, up to 80 percent of the population will wind up getting the virus. All we are trying is to wind up getting this virus. All we are trying to do is slow the spread, but it will spread“.
Regarding the outbreak, Mr. de Blasio said, “We are now in New York City, the epicenter of this crisis in the United States of America.” Earlier on Sunday, Mr, Blasio warned, “The worst is yet to come. April is going to be a lot worse than March, And I fear May could be worse than April“.