The District of Columbia has recorded 1,097 COVID-19 infections as of Monday, exceeding the 1,000 case mark, with 99 new ones reported and 24 people having died so far from the disease.
Four more members of D.C.’s Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Department were diagnosed with COVID-19 over the weekend, bringing the total number of infected firefighters, paramedics and emergency medical staff to 32.
Officials estimate that approximately 13 percent of the city’s population are likely to be infected with coronavirus, which would be around 93,000 residents. According to the same projection, the death toll in the nation’s capital would be between 220 and over 1,000.
— Mayor Muriel Bowser #StayHomeDC (@MayorBowser) April 6, 2020
Currently four of the eight wards (4, 5, 6 and 7) have more than 130 infected residents. D.C. can see a peak this summer in terms of infections.
A total of 8,020 cases of coronavirus had been diagnosed as of April 6 in all of the DMV area (1,097 in D.C., 4,045 in Maryland and 2,878 in Virginia) 169 individuals died due to the virus-related disease.
Rights groups have long expressed concern about a possible spread of the novel coronavirus at the D.C. jail. On Sunday, it was announced that four more inmates tested positive. The total number of intected inmates have now reached 18. It was also reported that seven of the jail’s correction officers tested positive.
D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser issued a stay-at-home order for the city’s residents on March 30 in response to the growing number of coronavirus cases.