New York Coronavirus Deaths Surpass 9/11 Death Toll

New York saw its biggest single-day death total during the coronavirus with 799 deaths being reported over the last 24 hours, according to New York Governor Andrew Cuomo. The death toll has eclipsed 7,000 statewide which more than doubles the death toll from the September 11 terrorist attacks in New York City.

The realization of how catastrophic the virus has been in New York left Cuomo speechless when he addressed the nation from his news conference in Albany.

“9/11 was supposed to be the darkest day in New York for a generation,” Cuomo said during his daily briefing. “We lost 2,753 lives on 9/11. We’ve lost over 7,000 lives to this crisis. That is so shocking and painful and breathtaking. I can’t — I don’t even have the words for it.

“On the numbers, this is much for more consequential for the economy than 9/11.”

New York now has 149,316 confirmed cases of coronavirus in the state with a death toll of 7,067. In New York City alone, 4,426 people have died from the virus.

The coronavirus mainly comes from animals and a majority of those who were infected early either worked at or frequently visited the Huanan seafood wholesale market in Wuhan, according to The Guardian. The virus is similar to Severe acute respiratory syndrome (Sars) and Middle Eastern respiratory syndrome (Mers).

The Wuhan coronavirus is transmitted from person to person through “droplet transmission.” That means an infected person can pass the virus by sneezing or coughing on another person as well as by direct contact.

While a majority of the cases have been detected in the United States and China — with more than 15,000 deaths in the United States — it has now reached many countries around the world. It has also been confirmed in Italy, Australia, Canada, France, Germany, and many other eastern countries.

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