New York (TEH) – The US state of New York, which was hit particularly hard by the corona pandemic, has seen more victims than ever before in the crisis, with 779 deaths in one day, putting the death toll in the 20 million State at a total of 6268, Governor Andrew Cuomo said on Wednesday at his daily press conference. “This number of deaths will continue to rise,” he said. Cuomo ordered flags to be hung half-masted in the state.
He compares the situation to the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, which killed nearly 2,800 people in New York. The governor said that he never thought he would see such a big disaster in his life again, but Cuomo confirmed that the far-reaching exit restrictions were working, which is reflected in the decline in the number of newly admitted to the hospital. However, this does not mean that the measures can already be relaxed. “If we change something, the curve will change.”
You have not yet begun to get out of the roughest. After reports of increased infection rates among Afro-Americans and Latinos, Cuomo has announced plans to do more testing in the communities, and there is growing evidence that the death toll in New York could be higher because many people are without medical treatment at home.
On normal days, around 25 people have to be taken out of their homes in the metropolis, the leading general of the National Guard, Joseph Lengyel, said on Wednesday. “These numbers have increased significantly and 150 people have to be brought to the mortuary every day.” With more than 140,000 confirmed cases in the United States, New York is currently the epicenter of the crisis. There are now more than 400,000 register infections and around 13,000 deaths across the country.
That came out on Wednesday afternoon (local time) from data from the Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore. In the United States, a country with around 330 million inhabitants, there are significantly more known infections with the Sars-CoV-2 virus than in any other country in the world. The numbers can only be complete a limited extent due to the different test rates and a high number of unreported cases.