A year after New York became the global epicenter of the pandemic, it reached another dismal milestone on Monday, exceeding 50,000 coronavirus deaths nationwide.
« It’s a reminder for us to take this disease seriously take, « said Mayor Bill de Blasio at his daily press conference. “It is a reminder that this is not over yet.”
The staggering amount reported by Johns Hopkins University is due to coronavirus cases having emerged in many parts of the country. According to public health experts, this is a worrying sign that the variants in the race against vaccination are gradually advancing. According to COVIDActNow, daily cases have grown by 5% nationwide in the past 14 days.
New York City remains in dangerous limbo. The city’s case rates – the number of positive cases per 100,000 residents – have been stubbornly high for weeks as progress has increased on roughly 3,800 new incidents per day. Deaths and hospitalizations remain low in the five boroughs, but these indicators are several weeks behind the case variability.
CDC Director Dr. Rochelle Walensky makes an emotional plea to the public about an « impending fate » after the rise in COVID cases from the script: « Right now I’m scared. » pic.twitter.com/UKjrRhr7He
On Monday, Dr. Rochelle Walensky, director of the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, issued an urgent warning that the country could face “imminent doom”.
“We have so much to look forward to, like this lots of promise and potential where we are, and so much reason to hope, but right now I’m scared, « she said before telling Americans to hold on longer. »
The lack of progress in hiring the Transfer has made some lawmakers concerned about the pace of New York’s reopening.
After Governor Andrew Cuomo lifted indoor dining bans last month, he has reopened indoor fitness classes and capacity-restricted cinemas in recent weeks. Art and entertainment venues will follow on Friday.
Both Cuomo and de Blasio were previously screened for social distancing measures at the start of the pandemic n to delay. According to an analysis by Columbia University, the introduction of lockdown measures in New York a week earlier could have saved around 17,000 lives in the metropolitan area.
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