Oxiris Barbot, New York Health Commissioner, said she was not surprised if “nearly 1 million people” of the city were infected with Covid-19.
According to ABC, despite the rate of infection has decreased in recent days, the New York mayor and health commissioner still made serious assessments of the situation of the Covid-19 epidemic.
“I would not be surprised if at this time, we have nearly 1 million New Yorkers infected with Covid-19,” said Oxiris Bardot, City Health Commissioner.
In a city of 8.3 million people, at least 142,000 cases of Covid-19 have been confirmed, but Ms Bardot said this could be just “the tip of the iceberg”.
Ms. Bardot said New York City is still advising people not to be tested if they suspect they have the virus but do not feel seriously ill, so it is impossible to determine the actual number of cases.
Right from the start when the outbreak began in New York, officials estimated that up to half of the city residents could be infected with the virus. Mayor Bill de Blasio said this could still happen, although it is not certain because of the lack of widespread testing.
“We are facing big questions because we don’t have enough tests. We don’t even know when 100% of the first cases appear because we don’t test in February. We know.” is February, but we don’t know how many people were infected then, “de Blasio said.
Mayor Bill de Blasio also said an additional 1 million New Yorkers would suffer from food shortages during the Covid-19 pandemic, bringing the total number of people in need of food assistance to 2 million.
Mr de Blasio also gives hope to New Yorkers who believe the city will overcome the pandemic, but warns that “we are still very deep in this war”.
The number of people hospitalized for Covid-19 in New York has decreased again, from 252 of the previous day to 227 yesterday. The number of infections requiring intensive care also decreased, but de Blasio said that 796 requiring intensive care remains “a very high number”.
New York is striving to conduct 20,000 to 30,000 tests a day in May, and de Blasio said testing would be key to reopening the city.