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New York City’s death toll from the coronavirus topped 1,000 on Tuesday, a grim milestone as the city grapples with a rising number of COVID-19 cases.
The New York City Department of Health announced in an update Tuesday that 1,096 people have died from the highly infectious virus. There are more than 41,000 people infected with the illness, and more than 8,500 people are hospitalized.
The new total is a jump of 932 from the morning’s tally. The vast majority of the deaths so far have occurred in patients aged 75 years and older.
New York City Mayor Bill de BlasioBill de BlasioFEMA sending refrigerator trucks to NYC for coronavirus deaths De Blasio: Police will pull riders from crowded New York subway cars The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Facebook - Trump backs off Easter goal MORE (D) said Tuesday that there will be a surge in first responders to battle the spread of the virus, including a boost of 500 paramedics and emergency medical technicians and 2,000 nurses as well as 250 ambulances. The city is also converting large public areas such as the Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in Queens into emergency hospitals.
New York Gov. Andrew CuomoAndrew CuomoPress: America's governors lead the way on virus The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Facebook - Trump blends upbeat virus info and high US death forecast Cuomo grilled by brother about running for president: 'No, no' MORE (D) also said over the weekend that President TrumpDonald John TrumpCuomo grilled by brother about running for president: 'No. no' Maxine Waters unleashes over Trump COVID-19 response: 'Stop congratulating yourself! You're a failure' Meadows resigns from Congress, heads to White House MORE had approved four new facilities in the city to serve as temporary hospitals, providing an additional 4,000 hospital beds. The new sites will join the Javits Center in Manhattan as temporary hospitals, with the goal of each borough having its own emergency facility.
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