NEW YORK – New York state, epicenter of America’s coronavirus crisis, set another single-day record of COVID-19 deaths on Wednesday, as veteran doctors and nurses voiced astonishment at the speed with which patients were deteriorating and dying.
The number of known coronavirus infections in New York state alone approached 150,000 on Wednesday, even as authorities warned that the official death tally may understate the true number because it omits those who have perished at home.
“Every number is a face,” said New York Governor Andrew Cuomo, who ordered flags flown at half-staff across New York in memory of the victims.
Cuomo cited a drop in new hospitalizations and other data as evidence that New York’s social-distancing restrictions were “Bending the curve,” helping to gain some control over the infection rate.
New York state accounts for over a third of the U.S. total.
New York City officials said a recent surge in people dying at home suggests the most populous U.S. city may be undercounting the loss of life.
So far New York City’s announced death toll has reflected only laboratory-confirmed COVID-19 diagnoses, mostly at hospitals.
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