New York reports 918 new cases of coronavirus: the state reports the highest daily increase in infections since mid-June
- Andrew Cuomo, Governor of New York, announced the new toll on Friday
- Cuomo said 918 people were confirmed to be infected on Thursday
- The toll is the highest number of new infections since mid-June
- Cuomo said the results were “a reminder that the virus is still there”
New York had confirmed 918 new cases of coronavirus on Thursday, the governor announced Friday, in what he said was “a reminder that the virus is still there.”
The grim new count was the first time new infections had hit above 900 since June 12.
Andrew Cuomo, the governor, said the latest data should serve as a warning to everyone.
Andrew Cuomo, the Governor of New York, announced the new count on Friday
There have been more than 2.7 million cases of coronavirus in the United States since July 4
“The more than 900 new cases in New York yesterday, while representing only 1.38% of the tests, recall that the virus is still present,” he said.
He also urged all New Yorkers to continue taking precautions against the virus, such as washing hands regularly, avoiding crowds, and wearing a face mask.
There are now more than 129,000 deaths from COVID-19 in the United States
“I can’t repeat enough that our actions today – those of individuals who are smart and follow all precautions, and local authorities that follow state guidelines – will determine where these numbers are heading,” he added.
The percentage of New York State residents who tested positive for COVID-19 every day has lingered around 1% to 2% in the past week, despite concerns that protests over George Floyd’s death last month may trigger a new wave have caused.
Since the first deaths in March, more than 24,800 people with COVID-19 have died in hospitals and nursing homes in New York.
New York has lost more than 24,000 people to COVID-19 since the March outbreak
New Yorkers are urged to wear face masks in public places, such as on the subway
The state was by far the hardest hit in the United States.
The New York figure came when 40 states across the country reported an increase in the number of infections.
Florida, California, Arizona and Texas are now dealing with a wave of viruses, and two counties in Texas have said their hospitals are running at full speed.
Patients in the Rio Grande Valley, in the provinces of Starr and Hidalgo, have been warned to stay at home because the outbreak is flooding local hospitals.
Judge Eloy Vera said there were 18 deaths in Starr County from Covid-19 and two critically ill patients had to be flown out of the area for treatment.
One of the patients was taken to San Antonio and the other to Dallas, the judge said.
“The local and valley hospitals are running at full speed and no longer have beds,” he said.
“I urge all of our residents to take shelter, wear face cover, practice social distance, and AVOID COLLECTIONS.”
The number of infections rose dramatically in June, meaning the pandemic has not yet peaked