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NYC virus deaths exceed 3,200, topping toll for 9/11 attacks

Virus Outbreak New York
Posted at 2:10 PM, Apr 07, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-07 16:22:42-04

NEW YORK — New York City’s death toll from the coronavirus has eclipsed the number of those killed at the World Trade Center on 9/11 .

Health officials say more than 3,200 people have been killed in the city thus far. That's about 450 more than were killed in the city in 2001 when hijacked planes slammed into the World Trade Center.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo said Tuesday the state's death toll since the beginning of the outbreak is now 5,489.

The alarming death number comes even as new hospital admissions have dropped compared to last week. Cuomo said the latest death tally reflects critically ill people hospitalized before this week.

Monday into Tuesday saw the largest single-day death toll for both New York and New Jersey, with nearly 1,000 lives lost between the two states.

In Britain, Prime Minister Boris Johnson was in intensive care with the virus. And Japan declared a monthlong state of emergency for Tokyo and six other regions.

In China, authorities prepared to lift 11-week-old restrictions in the city of Wuhan, site of a lockdown that served as a model for other countries battling the coronavirus.