New York City confirms two new cases of coronavirus contracted through community spread

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Mayor Bill de Blasio briefs media on first registered community transfer covid-19 patient in New York at City Hall.

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New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio confirmed Thursday two new cases of COVID-19 — a man and a woman with no known connection to other people recently diagnosed with the virus.

“To ensure we are able to test as many people as possible, we urgently need the CDC to increase our supply of COVID-19 test kits and expedite the approval of any testing approaches developed by private companies,” the mayor said in a tweet Thursday morning.

The two new cases increase the city’s total cases to four, according to de Blasio. New York City is also investigating at least 5 others for the virus, according to city’s website.

Earlier in the day, de Blasio told MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” that local health officials had found “four people as of this morning who have tested positive.”

“Of the tests we’ve completed, 25 have come back negative so far,” he said.

On Sunday, New York officials confirmed the state’s first coronavirus case, a woman who recently traveled to Iran and is currently isolated in her Manhattan home. 

As of Wednesday, there are at least 129 cases of the new coronavirus in the United States, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. At least 49 of those cases are people who were evacuated from Wuhan, China, the epicenter of the outbreak, and the Diamond Princess cruise ship. At least 24 are travel-related infections, while 16 were caused by person-to-person spread. U.S. health officials are also investigating 40 other cases with currently no clear reason for infection, the CDC said.

This is a developing story. Please check back for updates.

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