In New York City, homicides were up nearly 40% over the previous year by Dec. 20, 2020. Mayor Bill de Blasio said the numbers should worry New Yorkers.

NEW YORK, NY – MAY 04: New York City Mayor Bill DeBlasio speaks to firefighters following the donation of meals on International Firefighters Day on May 4, 2020 in New York City. As New York City continues its shutdown to mitigate the spread of Covid-19, firefighters and other essential workers continue to deal with the effects of the virus. (Photo by Bryan Thomas/Getty Images)