New York City’s top health official says confirmed coronavirus cases are ‘tip of the iceberg’
Nearly 1 million New York City residents probably have been exposed to the coronavirus, well above the number of confirmed cases, the city’s top health official said Thursday.
Data compiled by Johns Hopkins University showed that more than 147,000 people in New York City have tested positive for Covid-19 as of Thursday.
“That really I think is the tip of iceberg for a number of different reasons,” Health Commissioner Dr. Oxiris Barbot said at a news briefing. “New Yorkers have been heeding our advice that if they have mild symptoms, at this point in time, when you’ve got community-wide transmission, having a test result isn’t going to change what we’re going to tell you to do.”
New York City is still struggling to ramp up its capacity to test broadly for Covid-19, which means increasing laboratory capacity and acquiring necessary supplies such as test kits, swabs and reagents, which are …continued .
[Source: CNBC News]