1 in 5 cases of coronavirus in New York linked to travel, says mayor

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NEW YORK CITY – About 20% of coronavirus cases in New York City are linked to travelers, Mayor Bill de Blasio said.

De Blasio dropped the travel reveal on Wednesday during an update on the city’s COVID-19 quarantine checkpoints.These checkpoints at the city’s main bridge and tunnel aim to find motorists and New Yorkers who have visited 31 states with high rates of coronavirus infection and are scheduled to follow the 14-day quarantine in New York City.

The city’s sheriff’s officers have so far carried out 3,000 arrests, de Blasio said.

“They get a lot of compliance from motorists,” he said. “I want to congratulate everyone, everyone is paying attention and doing the right thing. So far, there have only been a need for two summons. “

De Blasio and, in particular, Governor Andrew Cuomo have expressed concerns that another wave of coronavirus infection could reach New York from other states.

The non-travel figures that de Blasio revealed seem to confirm the fear.

Jay Varma, a city health official, said the 20% rate was determined in interviews with new coronavirus patients.

« It’s at this rate in recent weeks, ”he said.

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