New York (AFP) – New York posted a new daily high for coronavirus deaths on Wednesday, but Governor Andrew Cuomo said the epidemic appeared to be stabilizing.
Cuomo said 779 people had died in the last 24 hours, increasing the death toll in New York State from COVID-19 to 6,268.
The previous high of 731 was set on Monday.
New York bears the brunt of the deadly coronavirus pandemic in America, which causes around half of deaths across the country.
The governor said that despite the increase, arrest warrants continued to drop due to arrest warrants.
“We’re smoothing the curve,” the governor told reporters.
He added that if the rate continues to decrease, the hospital system will stabilize in the next two weeks, which will “minimize” the need for temporary hospitals.
Field hospitals have been established in Central Park, the home of the U.S. tennis center, a convention center, and on a U.S. Navy ship to cope with the influx of patients.
Cuomo said the death toll was high because people were wearing ventilators as hospitalization rates increased in recent weeks.
On Monday, the governor extended the nationwide closure of schools and non-essential businesses until April 29.
He again begged the residents to stay at home unless it was absolutely necessary.
“It is not a time to be complacent. It is not a time to do anything other than where we did it,” said Cuomo.
“We are in the middle of it. We are not finished yet. It is not over yet,” he added.
COVID-19 has killed nearly 13,000 people in the United States and the number of confirmed cases has risen to over 401,000, according to an ongoing Johns Hopkins University balance sheet.
New York Mayor Bill de Blasio said this week that the death toll in New York could be higher since many deaths at home are not counted.
Preliminary data released on Wednesday showed that the Latin American and African American communities in New York died more frequently from COVID-19 than the whites.
In multiethnic New York City, Hispanics accounted for 34 percent of deaths, while 29 percent of the population.
Black people make up 28 percent of deaths, while they make up 22 percent of the population.
Whites account for 27 percent of the fatalities and 32 percent of the Big Apple population.
“It always seems that the poorest are paying the highest price. Why is that?” Cuomo asked.