New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio warned his city tonight that half the population, more than 4 million New Yorkers, will get the coronavirus.
“It’s a fair bet to say that half of all New Yorkers and maybe more than half will end up contracting this disease,” de Blasio said at a City Hall press briefing about the outbreak.
New York City’s positive cases approached 18,000 with nearly 200 reported deaths, according to the New York Post. “That’s worrisome, very deeply worrisome,” he added.
De Blasio’s health commissioner, Dr. Oxiris Barbot, said the percentage could be even worse by the fall. “We think 50 percent by the end of this epidemic, this pandemic, so by the time September rolls around likely 50 percent, but it could also be much higher,” Dr. Barbot said.
De Blasio added that they have yet to identify the first perso