New York City Mayor Bill de BlasioBill de BlasioNew York City Council expected to vote on measure to give noncitizens voting rights The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Uber - New vaccine mandate in NYC; Biden-Putin showdown Overnight Health Care — Biden touts drug price push MORE (D) on Thursday confirmed two new cases of residents sickened from a novel form of coronavirus overnight, increasing the state's total number of infected to 13.
De Blasio made the announcement on MSNBC's "Morning Joe," according to The New York Times, explaining that the new cases were the third and fourth uncovered through the city's own testing, which began earlier this week.
“Of the tests we’ve completed, 25 have come back negative so far,” he said.
“We’re seeing, obviously, if people get tested, get care immediately, get isolated, the vast majority of the people are going to come through OK," de Blasio added.
His announcement comes just a day after the state of New York reported four cases of the virus, all stemming from a Westchester County attorney whose wife, two children and a neighbor all later tested positive as well.
New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) on Wednesday urged state residents not to overreact to news of new cases of the virus.
“We have an epidemic caused by a coronavirus, but we have a pandemic that is caused by fear,” he said in a statement. “By definition the more you test the more people you will find who test positive."