The number of coronavirus cases in the Big Apple doubled overnight to 3,615 Thursday with increased testing, up from 1,871 late Wednesday.
The new figures released Thursday by City Hall also show that 22 people in the five boroughs died from the disease as of 10 a.m.
According to the tally, Brooklyn now has the largest number of cases with 1,030 positives. Meanwhile, there are 980 cases in Queens, 976 in Manhattan, 436 in The Bronx and 165 on Staten Island.
Additionally, City Hall released data that showed that 554 people had been hospitalized as of 5pm Wednesday. More than a quarter of them, 160, are in intensive care.
The tallies were released as Mayor Bill de Blasio announced expanded, appointment-only testing at 10 hospitals, seven Gotham Health clinics and four drive-thru sites in order to keep potentially infected people out of emergency rooms.
The expansion should allow for over 300 more people to get tested daily.
“If we’re going to curb this epidemic, we need fast and expansive testing for those most at risk for serious illness,” de Blasio said in a statement.
City inspectors have visited 8,150 business and religious institutions and issued six violations for failure to comply with coronavirus regulations.
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