New York City’s coronavirus death toll officially passed the number of people killed during the 9/11 attacks

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An elderly person is admitted to NYU Langone Health Centre on March 23, 2020 as New York City grapples with a coronavirus outbreak. Angela Weiss/AFP via Getty Images
  • The death toll from the novel coronavirus on Tuesday surpassed the number of people who died from the terrorist attack in New York City on September 11, 2001, Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced Tuesday.
  • The 9/11 attack killed 2,753 people at the site of the World Trade Centre.
  • As of Tuesday morning, 3,202 people in New York City had died from COVID-19.
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The number of people who have died in New York City as a result of COVID-19 surpassed those who died in terrorist attacks on the World Trade Centre on September 11, 2001, officials said on Tuesday.

As of April 7, at least 3,202 people have died in New York from COVID-19, according to a daily summary released by New York City officials on Tuesday.

The 9/11 attacks killed 2,753 people in New York City at the site of the World Trade Centre and 2,977 nationwide in the attacks that occurred in New York City, Washington, DC, and in Shanksville, Pennsylvania.

City health officials on Tuesday morning also announced that in the past 24 hours 727 more people in New York City had died from the virus – the largest single-day deaths from the virus total the city has so far reported.

“Behind every one of those numbers is an individual, is a family, is a mother, is a father, is a sister, is a brother,” Cuomo said. “So a lot of pain again today for many New Yorkers,” New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo said at a press conference Tuesday.

Cuomo also noted Tuesday that the number of daily ICU admissions in the state had decreased. Statewide, there are 138,836 confirmed cases and 5,489 deaths from the virus, Cuomo said.

US Surgeon General Jerome Adams on Sunday had compared the upcoming weeks of deaths from the virus to the 9/11 attacks.

“This is going to be our Pearl Harbour moment and our 9/11 moment only it’s not going to be localised, it’s going to be happening all over the country,” Adams said during an appearance on Fox News.

A New York City councilman had said Monday the city was looking into a “contingency plan” to build trenches in a New York City park to temporarily bury the bodies of people who died form the novel coronavirus, though city leaders said there are no current plans to do so.