1.7 million people test positive for COVID-19 in New York – study

Friday, April 24th, 2020 17:34 | By

More than 20 percent of New York City residents tested positive for coronavirus antibodies in a study launched by Governor Andrew Cuomo which, if accurate, means as many as 1.7million people have been infected in the city - and that the mortality rate is between 0.6 and 0.8 percent, far greater than the 0.1 percent mortality rate of the flu.

The study took samples from 3,000 randomly selected people across the state who were chosen at grocery stores and had their blood taken via a finger-prick test that the state's health department made. 

It remains unknown how accurate it is. While private companies have given exact percentages for how accurate their own tests are, when questioned about their test, the NY health department, said only that theirs was 'very accurate'.   

Statewide, the virus prevalence was 13.9 percent but it was far higher in New York City, where 21.2 percent tested positive. 

New York City, which has a population of 8.4million, has recorded 9,944 confirmed coronavirus deaths and there are another 5,052 presumed deaths from the disease. 

There are currently more than 138,000 confirmed cases of the virus in the city which means that, by the study's percentage, only eight percent of the people who actually had the virus have tested positive for it.


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