NYC reports no COVID-19 deaths in 24-hour period for the first time in months


New York City took a milestone this weekend in its fight against the coronavirus after recording its first 24-hour period without death from COVID-19 in a month, Mayor Bill de Blasio said on Monday.Speaking at a coronavirus briefing on Monday morning, de Blasio warned that COVID-19 is “far from beaten”, especially given the increasing number of cases in many cities and states across the country.

“No one can celebrate but we can at least take a moment to appreciate that each of you has done so much to bring us to this point: 24 hours when no one is dead, we still have many days like this”, said the mayor. “And it’s a reminder, of course, that this disease is such a formidable enemy that it’s been months and months since we’ve had a day like this. ”

Preliminary data from the city’s health department indicates that the period without death from COVID-19 was Saturday. DOH said on Sunday that data is subject to change.

New York City had 18,670 laboratory-confirmed COVID-19 deaths and 4,613 additional probable virus-related deaths since the start of the epidemic in March, Sunday. There were 215,924 confirmed cases of virus in the five boroughs.

De Blasio urged New Yorkers not to let go of social distance or to follow the rules and restrictions related to the epidemic and the state’s plan to gradually reopen.

The mayor also issued new guidelines for wearing indoor face covers.

New Yorkers should wear a face cover when around others in an indoor setting that is not their home, de Blasio said.


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