The coronavirus crisis in California could escalate to be as bad as the Big Apple’s outbreak, officials warned this week.
By Friday afternoon, a total of 4,533 COVID-19 cases and 91 deaths had been reported in the Golden State, The Los Angeles Times reported.
In Los Angeles County alone, cases surged to 1,481 Friday, with a total of 26 deaths, the paper reported.
Those numbers are still thousands fewer than the figures in New York, where 44,635 cases have been reported — 25,398 in the city alone.
But Barbara Ferrer, director of the LA County Department of Public Health, told the Times that the mortality rate in her county is about 1.8 percent — higher than that of New York City and the US as a whole.
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