With an estimated 66.1 infections per square mile, New York City’s infection rate is now roughly 2.7 times higher than Wuhan; Manhattan, the city’s most densely populated borough, now has a rate of approximately 101 people per square mile, 4.1 times higher than Wuhan. Wuhan’s infection rate is approximately 24.6 cases per square mile in the Chinese province.
New York City’s infection rate per square mile has multiplied drastically over the past few weeks, passing Wuhan, ground zero for the outbreak. As of Monday morning, the number of confirmed coronavirus cases in New York had surpassed 20,000. New York City’s cases went from 3,260 to 12,305 overnight, confirmed by New York Governor Andrew Cuomo.
— 1010 WINS (@1010WINS) March 23, 2020
Since the first reports of coronavirus person-to-person human transmission, the epicenter of the virus has moved from its initial outbreak in Wuhan, a Chinese province, to New York which represents 5 percent of cases worldwide. According to Live Science, New York City has passed 11,000 cases. As New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio put it in a tweet on March 22, the city represents approximately one-third of the state’s total cases.
We're on the verge of 10,000 cases of COVID-19 in New York City. We've had 63 deaths. We represent 1/3 of the cases in the US and 2/3 of the cases in New York State. This crisis is affecting our entire nation and New York City is its epicenter.
— Mayor Bill de Blasio (@NYCMayor) March 22, 2020
As of Monday, March 23, Manhattan had 2324 confirmed cases.
Coronavirus update, New York City:
– Brooklyn: 3,154 cases
– Queens: 3,050 cases
– Manhattan: 2,324 cases
– Bronx: 1,564 cases
– Staten Island: 666 cases
— COVID-19 Updates (@zoanpace) March 23, 2020
According to the World Health Organization, the global death rate of COVID-19 is estimated to be 3.4 percent. The WHO further estimated that Wuhan’s death rate was around 1.4 percent at the height of the outbreak in China.
A disease’s death rate is defined as the percentage of deaths within the population of confirmed infections. This differs from a disease’s mortality rate, which is defined as the average likelihood for a disease to lead to fatality. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, has estimated the coronavirus’ mortality rate to be around 1 percent.
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