Deaths in the United States exceed 70,000, while deaths in New York exceed 20,000
Peter Wells in New York
The number of coronavirus deaths in New York exceeded 20,000 on Thursday, bringing the total number of deaths in the United States since the start of the pandemic to just over 70,000.
The hardest-hit state reported 20,828 deaths, according to data compiled by the Covid Tracking Project.
Andrew Cuomo, the state governor, said today that another 231 people in New York have died from coronaviruses in the past 24 hours. But New York’s total increased by 941, with the Covid Tracking Project indicating that most of these “have been confirmed recently, but have not occurred in the past 24 hours.”
Including revised deaths in New York, the US daily balance of 2,746 represents a record, against 1,949 on Wednesday. The previous daily record was 2,700 on April 29.
The other states that saw significant increases over the past day are: Pennsylvania, up from 310; New Jersey, up 252, and; Illinois, up from 137. They are, respectively, the fifth, second and sixth states most affected in terms of total number of deaths.
Since the pandemic began, 70,002 people have died from Covid-19 in the United States, according to the Covid Tracking Project.