Health and Healthcare Systems

New York state now has more confirmed coronavirus cases than any country in the world

An NYPD officer is pictured as the USNS Comfort pulled into a berth in Manhattan during the outbreak of coronavirus disease (COVID-19), in the Manhattan borough of New York City, New York, U.S., March 30, 2020. REUTERS/Carlo Allegri     TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY - RC2GUF9UMWS6

Over 7,000 people in New York have lost their lives to the virus. Image: REUTERS/Carlo Allegri TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY

John Haltiwanger
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  • New York state has over 160,000 confirmed cases of COVID-19, the disease caused by the novel coronavirus, which is more than any other country across the globe.
  • New York Governor Andrew Cuomo said on 9th April 2020 more than 7,000 people in his state have been killed by COVID-19.
  • "9/11 was supposed to be the darkest day in New York for a generation," Cuomo said. "And then, in many ways, we lose so many more New Yorkers to this silent killer."

New York state alone now has more reported coronavirus cases than any other country in the world, according to data from the Center for Systems Science and Engineering at Johns Hopkins University.

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Improvised hospital rooms are seen at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center, which will be partially converted into a hospital for patients affected by the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Manhattan in New York City, New York, U.S., March 27, 2020. REUTERS/Jeenah Moon - RC2ISF9ENBIT
Improvised hospital rooms are seen at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center, which will be partially converted into a hospital for patients affected by the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Manhattan in New York City, New York, U.S., March 27, 2020. REUTERS/Jeenah Moon Image: REUTERS/Jeenah Moon

The state is the epicenter of the coronavirus pandemic, with over 160,000 diagnosed cases of COVID-19, the disease caused by the novel coronavirus.

U.S. Army Major Sean Shirley holds a meeting with staff in the Javits New York Medical Station intensive care unit bay monitoring coronavirus disease (COVID-19) patients in New York City, U.S. Apri 4, 2020. Picture taken April 4, 2020.  U.S. Navy/Chief Mass Communication Specialist Barry Riley/Handout via REUTERS.  THIS IMAGE HAS BEEN SUPPLIED BY A THIRD PARTY. - RC24ZF9AUXGX
U.S. Army Major Sean Shirley holds a meeting with staff in the Javits New York Medical Station intensive care unit bay monitoring coronavirus disease (COVID-19) patients in New York City, U.S. Apri 4, 2020. Picture taken April 4, 2020. U.S. Navy/Chief Mass Communication Specialist Barry Riley/Handout via REUTERS. Image: via REUTERS

Comparatively, here are the number of confirmed cases in other countries that have been hit hard by the coronavirus, as of 9th April 2020:

  • Spain:152,446
  • Italy:143,626
  • France:118,781
  • Germany:115,523
  • China: 82,883

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo urged residents of his state to continue to stay home and practice social distancing in order to quell the spread of COVID-19.

A healthcare worker looks out a window at Maimonides Medical Center during the outbreak of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in the Brooklyn borough of New York City, New York, U.S., April 7, 2020. REUTERS/Brendan Mcdermid - HP1EG4717BL5Q
A healthcare worker looks out a window at Maimonides Medical Center during the outbreak of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in the Brooklyn borough of New York City, New York, U.S., April 7, 2020. REUTERS/Brendan Mcdermid Image: REUTERS/Brendan Mcdermid

Cuomo said that 799 people in New York died of COVID-19 on 8th April 2020, the highest death toll from the virus in a single day for the state so far.

Hospital beds are seen in a chapel inside the Cathedral Church of St. John the Divine for what will be a temporary field hospital constructed by the Samaritan's Purse and Mount Sinai Hospital on Manhattan's Upper West Side during the outbreak of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in New York City, New York, U.S., April 8, 2020. REUTERS/Mike Segar     TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY - RC2K0G9Z3513
Hospital beds are seen in a chapel inside the Cathedral Church of St. John the Divine for what will be a temporary field hospital constructed by the Samaritan's Purse and Mount Sinai Hospital on Manhattan's Upper West Side during the outbreak of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in New York City, New York, U.S., April 8, 2020. REUTERS/Mike Segar Image: REUTERS/Mike Segar

The New York governor said over 7,000 people in the state had lost their lives due to the virus up to this point.

Healthcare workers wheel the body of deceased person from the Wyckoff Heights Medical Center during the outbreak of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in the Brooklyn borough of New York City, New York, U.S., April 2, 2020. REUTERS/Brendan Mcdermid - HP1EG421K9H3U
Healthcare workers wheel the body of deceased person from the Wyckoff Heights Medical Center during the outbreak of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in the Brooklyn borough of New York City, New York, U.S., April 2, 2020. REUTERS/Brendan Mcdermid Image: REUTERS/Brendan Mcdermid

"9/11 was supposed to be the darkest day in New York for a generation," Cuomo said at a press conference. "And then, in many ways, we lose so many more New Yorkers to this silent killer."

A healthcare worker takes a break outside Wyckoff Heights Medical Center during the outbreak of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in New York City, U.S., April 5, 2020. REUTERS/Jeenah Moon - RC2LYF9R0MIN
A healthcare worker takes a break outside Wyckoff Heights Medical Center during the outbreak of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in New York City, U.S., April 5, 2020. REUTERS/Jeenah Moon Image: REUTERS/Jeenah Moon

The 9/11 terror attacks killed 2,753 people in New York City. As of 9th April 2020, there were 5,150 reported deaths from coronavirus in America's most populated city.

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The US has the most confirmed coronavirus cases in the world — over 454,000 — the pandemic has claimed the lives of well over 16,000 people across the 50 states. Globally, over 1.58 million people have been diagnosed with coronavirus and the pandemic has killed over 94,800 people.

A woman cries while talking on a mobile phone as she stands behind Wyckoff Heights Medical Center during the outbreak of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in the Brooklyn borough of New York City, New York, U.S., April 6, 2020. REUTERS/Brendan Mcdermid     TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY - HP1EG4612T044
A woman cries while talking on a mobile phone as she stands behind Wyckoff Heights Medical Center during the outbreak of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in the Brooklyn borough of New York City, New York, U.S., April 6, 2020. REUTERS/Brendan Mcdermid Image: REUTERS/Brendan Mcdermid

In the US, among other countries, the number of people infected and killed by coronavirus is believed to be much higher due to a shortage of testing kits.

Nurses at Montefiore Medical Center Moses Division hospital hold a protest demanding N95 masks and other critical Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) to handle patients during the outbreak coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in the Bronx borough of New York City, New York, U.S., April 2, 2020. REUTERS/Brendan Mcdermid - HP1EG4219723J
Nurses at Montefiore Medical Center Moses Division hospital hold a protest demanding N95 masks and other critical Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) to handle patients during the outbreak coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in the Bronx borough of New York City, New York, U.S., April 2, 2020. REUTERS/Brendan Mcdermid Image: REUTERS/Brendan Mcdermid

The novel coronavirus originated in Wuhan, China, and there is also widespread skepticism about the numbers reported by the Chinese government.

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