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New York’s Death Toll Rises Again, But Slowly, and With a Silver Lining

Cautious optimism seems appropriate here.

These are the grim days, folks.  These are the days that the President and Dr. Fauci warned us about.

New York City’s hospitals are a war zone.  We don’t see the front lines thanks to the stringent privacy laws that our medical professional must abide by, but the terror is real inside of these establishments.

Experts believe that we could very well be nearing the peak of the coronavirus crisis in The Big Apple, with the highest number of daily deaths occurring sometime between today and Easter.  The numbers seem to indicate a similar trajectory.

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New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo said he is bringing in more funeral directors as coronavirus deaths across the state hit a third-straight daily record with 799 fatalities on Wednesday.

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New York state is grappling with the worst COVID-19 outbreak in the country with more than 151,000 confirmed cases across the state and 81,800 in New York City alone — almost as many as China, according to data compiled by Johns Hopkins University.

At least 6,268 people across the state and 4,571 in New York City alone have died from the coronavirus, according to Hopkins. The state’s deaths have been steadily rising all week: 731 fatalities on Monday, 779 on Tuesday and 799 on Wednesday, according to a chart presented at the press conference.

There is some good news, however:

While the number of deaths is climbing, the rate of new cases is starting to level off, Cuomo said. But he warned residents against becoming complacent, saying officials worry the coronavirus could resurge if they let up on stay-at-home restrictions that were put in place 18 days ago. It’s been just 80 days since the first case in the U.S. was confirmed outside of Seattle and 39 days since New York state diagnosed its first case, he said.

Cuomo would go on to remind the world of the three waves of the Spanish Flu pandemic of 1918 that killed 50 million people worldwide.

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