The daily death toll in New York State fell below 100 for the first time since late March.
A total of 84 people have died in the past 24 hours, Governor Andrew Cuomo said on Saturday, up from 109 the day before.
At the height of the epidemic in April, more than 1,000 people died every day in the most affected US state.
“In my head, I always wanted to be under 100,” said Cuomo.
“It doesn’t do any good to any of the 84 families who are feeling the pain,” he said during his daily briefing, but added that the drop was a sign of “real progress.”
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Cuomo said on Friday that groups of up to 10 people could assemble “for lawful purposes” anywhere in the state, including New York.
But he added: “If you don’t have to be with a group of 10 people, don’t be with a group of 10 people.”
New York State was once the epicenter of the US coronavirus epidemic, with more than 28,000 deaths, according to Johns Hopkins University.
The United States has the highest number of Covid-19 deaths with 96,000. The United Kingdom is second with more than 36,000.