CORONAVIRUS IN NYC: Cases rise to 48,462; death toll reaches 1,397, mayor announces new face covering recommendations

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April 02, 2020 - 1:54 pm

    NEW YORK (1010 WINS) -- The number of coronavirus cases in New York City rose by 2,755 on Thursday, with 48,462 total cases across the five boroughs, officials said.

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    The number of cases is up from 45,707 cases Wednesday evening and 44,915 Wednesday morning.

    The city also reported 1,397 deaths, up from 1,374 Wednesday evening and 1,139 Wednesday morning.

    Here's the breakdown by borough as of Thursday afternoon:

    • Queens: 16,336
    • Brooklyn: 12,983
    • The Bronx: 9,107
    • Manhattan: 7,278
    • Staten Island: 2,723

    On Thursday, Mayor Bill de Blasio announced new recommendations for face coverings when going outside after studies show asymptomatic people appear to transmit the virus.

    De Blasio recommended residents wear items such as bandanas or scarves as long as the person's mouth and nose are covered.

    “You can create your own version, you can be creative and put whatever you want on it, it can be as homemade as you want, that’s what we want you to do – something homemade," de Blasio said. 

    These new recommendations are intended for individuals who are pre-symptomatic and have to go out for essential activities. 

    The mayor still urges residents to continue to practice social distancing and continuous hand washing.

    He also announced that there will be 435 sites open city for both kids and adults to obtain free meals.

    On Wednesday, Mayor Bill de Blasio named former NYPD commissioner James O'Neill the city's coronavirus czar.

    "I had a conversation with the mayor yesterday morning, told him on Tuesday I was coming back to New York City, and asked him if there’s anything I can do," O'Neill told 1010 WINS Thursday. "And he asked me if I could help manage the supply chain, and that includes sourcing, transportation, distribution, making sure that these extremely important medical supplies are being distributed equitably."

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