NY Sees 731 New Virus Deaths, Worst Single-Day Total

The Associated Press reports:

New York state recorded 731 new coronavirus deaths Tuesday, marking the biggest one-day jump in the outbreak. The state’s death toll since the beginning of the outbreak is now 5,489, according to Gov. Andrew Cuomo. The grim tally followed two days in which new deaths dropped below 600. More people have now died from the coronavirus in NYC than perished in the Sept. 11 attack on the World Trade Center.

The governor emphasized that death was a lagging indicator in the fight against the virus, and pointed to a falling rate of hospitalizations and said that the state was still projecting that the spread of the virus was plateauing. The number of virus patients in intensive care units grew in the last 24 hours by less than 100, the smallest increase since March 21, the governor said.