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200 NYPD Officers Test Positive For COVID-19 As NYC Cements Its Position As ‘Epicenter’ Of US Outbreak

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Zero Hedge
March 26, 2020

There are 236 employees of the NYPD who have tested positive for COVID-19, according to numbers provided by the department. Of those, 197 are officers and 39 are civilians.

Meanwhile, during another rambling press conference, President Trump again insisted that large swaths of the country could probably go “back to normal” during the coming days even as health officials and governors warn that doing so could lead to thousands more deaths. Trump also tussled with reporters on Wednesday, with Trump claiming in a roundabout way that the economic crisis at hand was engineered by the media, before insisting that the US has “run more tests than anybody”, a statement that is flagrantly false, though the US has caught up with remarkable speed.

Not that it matters: As is typical during a national crisis, Trump’s popularity has climbed, with Gallup finding that Trump’s popularity has climbed to 49% approval, matching his personal best.

Kentucky Gov. Andy Beshear said there are now 198 confirmed cases of coronavirus in the state with 35 new cases. There were fewer new cases added Wednesday than Tuesday, he added.

As NYC’s outbreak crisis shifts to Queens, Mayor Bill de Blasio confirmed that Elmhurst hospital has seen at least 13 deaths. At least 285 New Yorkers have died from the outbreak so far.

The number of confirmed cases in NYC, now officially the epicenter of the outbreak, as Trump said on Wednesday, reached 17,856 Wednesday, Mayor Bill de Blasio announced. This represents 54% of the cases in New York state and 32% of all cases in the country

“[It] does not apply to anything we’re seeing in New York City,” de Blasio said about Trump’s goal to restart the country by Easter, which Trump clarified on Wednesday wouldn’t apply to NYC, but to areas with far fewer confirmed cases.

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In other news, Apple has sourced 10 million masks to donate to US, as well as millions more for the “hardest hit parts of Europe.”

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This article was posted: Thursday, March 26, 2020 at 5:17 am

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