New York City has recorded 1664 new cases of COVID-19 in a single day, taking the total number to 3615.
Mayor Bill de Blasio announced the shocking statistic in a press conference held Thursday afternoon, with the official number soaring by over 1000 in the hours since state Governor Andrew Cuomo updated the public earlier in the morning.
He later told CNN that the city will run out of medical supplies in between two and three weeks if infections continue at the current rate.
New York City has requested 15,000 ventilators, three million N95 masks, 50 million surgical masks and 25 million gowns, gloves and coveralls.
‘I said very clearly that for the month of March, we have the supplies that we need, the city has very strong reserves of the kind of supplies that I talked about… [But] it is going into April that I’m worried about. I don’t have the perfect day for you, we’re assessing all the time but it is a day, two weeks from now or three weeks from now where we must, by then, have had a very substantial resupply.’
In his press conference de Blasio earlier stated: ‘We’re seeing an explosion of cases here in New York City,’ , adding that the numbers were ‘very, very painful’ to learn about.
The Mayor announced that 22 city residents have now died in relation to coronavirus, and 169 others remain in intensive care.
Chillingly, nearly half of all New York City residents who have tested positive to coronavirus are under the age of 50.
In his press conference, de Blasio also acknowledged that there was a ‘widespread community spread’ in all five boroughs – but acknowledged there was cluster of cases in Brooklyn, particularly in the Borough Park neighborhood.
More than 1000 cases have been confirmed in Brooklyn alone- up from the 157 that were recorded just 48 hours ago.
New York City now has more coronavirus cases than the entirety of the United Kingdom, which recorded 2626 cases as of Thursday evening.
New York City’s staggering numbers account for more than quarter of the 13, 572 cases in United States.
On Thursday evening, New York state has recorded a total of 4152 cases, and is by far the worst affected state in the entire country.
Washington, with 1026 confirmed coronavirus cases is the second worst affected.