Daily US Times: New York state, the epicenter of coronavirus outbreak in the US, now has more coronavirus cases than any other country outside the US, according to the latest figures.
Figures provided by the state authority show caseload of Covid-19 jumped by 10,000 on Thursday to 159,937, placing it ahead of Spain (153,000 cases) and Italy (143,000).
China, where the virus emerged last year, has reported 82,000 cases.
More than 462,000 cases and nearly 16,500 deaths have been recorded in the whole US. Globally 95,000 people have died and there are 1.6 million cases reported so far.
While New York state leads the world in coronavirus cases, its death toll (7,000) lags behind Spain (15,500) and Italy (18,000). But the state’s death toll is more than double the official figure from China (3,300).
Photos have emerged of workers in hazmat outfits burying coffins in a mass grave in New York City. Drone footage showed workers using a ladder to descend into the huge pit where the caskets were stacked.
The images were taken at Hart Island. It is an island off the Bronx which has been used for more than 150 years by city officials as a mass burial site for those whose’ families cannot afford funerals and those with no next-of-kin.
According to the Department of Corrections, burial operations at the site have ramped up amid the pandemic from one day a week to five days a week.
Prisoners from Rikers Island usually do the job, but the rising workload due to the massive death toll has recently been taken over by contractors.
Earlier this week, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio indicated that the city’s public cemetery might be used for burials during the pandemic.
He said, “Obviously the place we have used historically is Hart Island.”
In New York state, the number of coronavirus deaths increased to 799 on Wednesday, a record high for a third day.
But Governor Andrew Cuomo took heart from the fact that the number of Covid-19 patients admitted to New York hospitals dropped for a second day, to 200.
The governor said it was a sign social distancing was working. He called the outbreak a “silent explosion that ripples through society with the same randomness, the same evil that we saw on 9/11”.
Another ray of hope was seen on Thursday as official projections for the nationwide death toll were lowered.
A key member of the White House’s coronavirus task force, Dr Anthony Fauci, told NBC News’ Today show on Thursday the final number of Americans who will die from Covid-19 in the outbreak “looks more like 60,000”.
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