There are now 3,954 confirmed cases of the new coronavirus, and 26 deaths, in New York City, Mayor Bill de Blasio announced Thursday night.
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Borough breakdown, with some fluctuation in the numbers, as of 8:30 p.m. Thursday:
- Brooklyn: 1,195 cases
- Queens: 1,042
- Manhattan: 1,038
- Bronx: 496
- Staten Island: 179
The city in the afternoon said 554 people had been hospitalized, with 169 of those patients in the ICU.
The confirmed case total in New York City has just about doubled in each of the past two days — it was 1,871 on Wednesday evening and 923 on Tuesday night.
In the morning, Gov. Andrew Cuomo reported 4,152 confirmed cases statewide, although the city’s own reported total has increased by 1,485 since then. As of the morning, 777 patients were hospitalized statewide, a 19 percent hospitalization rate.
The increases in confirmed cases have soared in the past week. On March 11, there were 216 cases in New York state in total. A week before that: just 11.
The details of the cases are not confirmed, but de Blasio said Sunday that all the people in the city who died — five at that point — had pre-existing conditions. The elderly and those with pre-existing conditions are those most at risk.
The numbers of cases are expected to only increase exponentially — the mayor himself predicted the city would reach 10,000 cases soon — over the coming weeks and months as more tests are conducted. At a press briefing Saturday, New York City Commissioner Dr. Oxiris Barbot said the city's "best estimate" for the end of the coronavirus crisis at this time was "some time in September."
De Blasio is also demanding the federal government mobilize the military to help in the response efforts, and stressed the city does not have enough medical supplies to last past March as cases balloon.
The mayor and NYC Health + Hospitals on Thursday also announced expanded, appointment-only testing capacity for the coronavirus across 10 acute-care hospitals, seven Gotham Health community-based health centers, and four drive-thru test sites.
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