But it’s unclear whether the startling increase is related to the mass protests and spread of coronavirus, the mayor said.
“That’s a meaningful movement in one day. We’re going to keep a close eye on that,” said de Blasio.
“We do not see evidence that it’s related to everything that happened over the last few weeks because of the time it takes for the disease to manifest.”
The mayor said it would take a week to 10 days to see any manifestation of the coronavirus.
The city has been the scene of numerous crowded protest gatherings in the wake of George Floyd’s police-involved death in Minneapolis.
On Wednesday, the Big Apple recorded zero confirmed deaths from COVID-19 for the first time since March 12.