Virus met its match in New York City, says mayor
New York City mayor Bill de Blasio said testing in the metropolitan region would be ramped up to a level “we’ve never seen before in this city or this country” as he announced the formation of a new task force.
The city’s Test and Trace Corps, launched on Friday, would be “reaching deep into our communities, expanding, testing, expanding, tracing, really getting our arms around the problem”, the mayor said at a media briefing.
The corps will be led by Ted Long, vice-president of ambulatory care at Health and Hospitals, the largest public hospital and clinic organisation in the US.
The Covid-19 outbreak is suspected in the deaths of nearly 20,000 New Yorkers, with 14,389 confirmed fatalities and another 5,313 listed as probable. There have been more than 176,086 recorded cases in the city and 43,913 remain in hospital.
“But this virus is no match for a group of people who are much more clever … New Yorkers,” Mr de Blasio said. “This virus has met its match in fact, in this city more and more.”
The mayor said there had been fewer than 100 new hospital admissions a day for Covid-19 in recent days. “That’s amazing, but we are not out of the woods,” he said.