NEW YORK (Reuters) – New York City’s mayor and city health officials are urging residents to stay home on Monday because the virus is spreading rapidly and could cause long-term health problems.
The number of confirmed cases has climbed to a record 3,843, and there are now more than 2,500 confirmed cases, according to the state Department of Health.
The mayor’s office said at least 1,300 New Yorkers have been infected and 1,100 have died.
“We’re in the midst of a pandemic, and the fact that we’re still seeing cases in the Bronx is the reason why we’re calling for people to stay indoors,” Mayor Bill de Blasio said on Twitter on Monday.
New York has reported the most cases of the virus since a virus outbreak in New York state in October, when 1,531 cases were reported.
The city is also on alert for the possibility of an outbreak on its Long Island, where more than 1,000 people have been tested for the virus, officials said.
“There is an increased risk of a case occurring within a certain distance from a known reservoir,” the city said in a statement on Monday, adding that the county has tested more than 6,000 individuals in a quarantine.
New Jersey has reported its first confirmed cases of Zika, bringing the total to at least 2,957.
The United States has seen its first cases of a new virus linked to Zika, with two cases linked to the first confirmed case in Florida on Friday.
The outbreak is expected to reach its highest levels in the United States in the coming weeks, as states, cities and communities grapple with a shortage of doctors and nurses.
A man wearing protective gear walks past a woman walking with her baby in the middle of a street in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, November 5, 2017.
Brazil has been experiencing a rise in the number of cases and deaths related to Zika.
“The outbreak in the state of Rio de de Janeiro is at a high level,” Health Minister Alexandre Nunez told a news conference on Sunday.
“People should be very cautious, particularly pregnant women.
We have to be very careful and we are monitoring very closely,” he said.
The state’s main hospitals have been overwhelmed with the number and severity of cases, with many of them turning away patients who had already tested positive.
Brazil’s health ministry said Monday that there had been 1,829 new infections and at least 6,064 deaths from the virus in the past 24 hours.
The virus has also spread to at a more rapid rate in other parts of the world, including the United Kingdom, where it has also been detected in cases and the Philippines.
A pregnant woman walks past the entrance of the Federal Court in Barcelona, Spain, September 14, 2017, as she awaits her case against the Spanish government to be heard.
REUTERS/Albert GeaThe United Kingdom has reported at least 518 new infections, while Australia has reported 2,898 cases.