Coronavirus: New cases in New York coming from people leaving home – governor Cuomo

NEW YORK (REUTERS) – New York Governor Andrew Cuomo said on Saturday (May 16) the state’s new confirmed Covid-19 cases are predominantly coming from people who left their homes to go shop, exercise, or socialise, and not from essential workers.

“That person got infected and went to the hospital or that person got infected and went home and infected the other people at home,” he said during his daily news conference on the coronavirus.

People exercise and sunbathe in circles drawn to promote social distancing at Domino Park in the Brooklyn Borough of New York, May 15, 2020.
People exercise and sunbathe in circles drawn to promote social distancing at Domino Park in the Brooklyn Borough of New York, May 15, 2020.PHOTO: BLOOMBERG

State data showed that the number of new cases statewide has fluctuated between 2,100 and 2,500 per day.

The number of new cases decreased to 2,419 on Saturday from 2,762 on Friday.

Cuomo said he theorised last week that new cases were coming from essential workers.

“That was exactly wrong,” he said.

“The infection rate among essential workers is lower than the general population and those new cases are coming predominantly from people who are not working and they are at home.”

The state’s budget director, Robert Mujica, said officials expect to “learn a lot more” about the genesis of new cases from contact tracing over the next week.

The state just began contact tracing, which will involve several hundred people, he said.

Cuomo said the five regions that have already opened were required to have a certain number of tracers proportionate to their populations.

“The tracing operation is tremendously large and challenging,” he said.

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