New York’s Daily Virus Death Toll Drops Slightly to 777

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The number of New York deaths from the coronavirus dropped slightly on Friday to 777, a figure that remains grimly high following three straight days of record fatalities, Governor Andrew Cuomo said.

Thursday’s record total was 799 deaths. The total death toll in New York has now reached 7,844, he said.

Cuomo said that Friday’s figure shows a high but apparently leveling number of fatalities. He also reported, for the first time, a dramatic drop in the number intensive care admissions.

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“We continue to lose a tremendous number of lives and endure great pain as a state,” he told reporters in Albany.

Although hospitalizations dropped for the third straight day, to 359, the lowest since March 20, he said now was not the time end measures put in place to slow the spread of the virus in New York, the epicenter for the outbreak in the U.S. Schools, government and all but essential businesses remain closed.

“What we do today will determine the infection rate two or three days from today,” he said. “Stay with it even though it is a grind and it is difficult.”

He also said that any efforts to begin re-opening the economy would depend on testing, which he said has been high in New York but needs to be expanded.

“Now is the time to be smart and now more than ever,” he said.

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