AGENCIES, New York: It’s the kind of news that one doesn’t want to hear, but the circumstances are such that it keeps happening. The New York state recorded 731 new coronavirus deaths, marking its biggest single-day jump, Governor Andrew Cuomo said on Tuesday.
New York’s death toll since the beginning of the outbreak last month has grown to 5,489.
The surge in deaths comes even as new hospital admissions have dropped on average over past few days. Observers felt that it was a possible sign that the outbreak had passed it peak. Now, they are re-thinking after these huge numbers were released on Tuesday.
However, Cuomo also clarified that the death tally is a lagging indicator that reflects the loss of critically ill people hospitalised earlier. Cuomo said that while “we’re not there yet,” there is a need to start planning for “restarting life.”
“This is not a light switch that we can just flick one day and everything goes back to normal,” he said.
The coronavirus hit state has recorded more than 500 new deaths a day since late last week and the number of confirmed cases does not include infected people who have not been tested which is estimated close to 139,000 statewide.
More people have now died from the coronavirus in New York City than perished in the Sept. 11 attack on the World Trade Center. The coronavirus has again made New York ground zero in a national tragedy.