New York coronavirus death toll is now almost DOUBLE number lost in 9/11 after biggest single day increase in deaths – The Sun
NEW YORK reported its deadliest day of the coronavirus outbreak with 731 new deaths in 24 hours — bring the death toll to nearly double that of the immediate aftermath of 9/11.
Gov. Andrew Cuomo told reporters on Tuesday the Empire State has 138,836 total cases of the coronavirus and 5,489 deaths, with at least 3,485 in New York City alone.
In the immediate aftermath of 9/11, 2,977 people died as a result of the attacks in New York.
But despite the state experiencing its biggest one-day jump, Cuomo said the average number of people newly hospitalized each day is dropping, as is the number of those receiving breathing tubes.
This shows social distancing measures are working and helping to flatten the curve.
“You see that plateauing — that’s because of what we are doing,” Cuomo said. “If we don’t do what we are doing, that is a much different curve."
"So social distancing is working.”
The governor said the one-day death toll increase is a “lagging indicator,” reflecting people who had been hospitalized before this week.
Over the past several days, in fact, the number of deaths appeared to be leveling off.
Cuomo said he’s concerned that because of nice weather in New York, people might be slacking off on social distancing and staying inside.
"Now is not the time to be reckless," Cuomo said. "It's not about your life. It's about someone else's life. No one has the right to be cavalier with someone else's life."
On Monday, as people gathered in New York City parks, Cuomo doubled the maximum fine for violating the state rule against group gatherings amid the outbreak.
Breaking that rules now sees a fine from $500 to $1,000.
The governor also extended the statewide PAUSE order, which orders nonessential workers to stay at home, and school closures through April 29.
Earlier Tuesday, U.S. Surgeon General Jerome Adams said on ABC's Good Morning America on Tuesday that he sees "a light at the end of this tunnel, and we feel confident that if we do the right thing until the end of this month, we can start opening in certain places."
"We’ve got promising therapeutics of hundreds of trials going on across the country, and we know that once we get testing out there, more widely available — and we’re going to be at two million tests by the end of this week — and once we have a strong public health infrastructure in place to follow up positive tests and isolate case contacts, that we will be able to get back to some sense of normalcy."
Adams added: "Right now we’re watching China and South Korea closely to see how they do it."
The surgeon general's remarks come after he pleaded for people to stay home this week, as he anticipated it would "be our Pearl Harbor moment."
"It’s going to be the hardest moment for many Americans in their entire lives," he said over the weekend. "We really need to understand that if we want to flatten that curve and get through to the other side, everyone needs to do their part.”
The U.S. government’s top infectious-disease expert, Dr. Anthony Fauci, has been cautiously optimistic, but recently said that in New York, “what we have been doing has been working.”
New York City is still the United States’ coronavirus outbreak epicenter, with 72,181 total cases and more than 3,000 deaths.
One of the main models on the outbreak, from the University of Washington, is now projecting about 82,000 U.S. deaths through early August, or 12 percent fewer than previously forecast, with the highest number of daily deaths occurring on April 16.
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