April 5, 2020 By Christian Murray
Gov. Andrew Cuomo said Sunday that the number of coronavirus deaths across the state had surpassed 4,000—just hours after New York City said more than 2,000 people had succumbed to COVID-19 in the five boroughs.
Cuomo said 4,159 people had died from the virus in the Empire State, up from 3,565 on Saturday. The death toll across the state rose by 594, down from the 630 who perished as a result of the virus the day before. He said that the slight dip was a positive sign, although noted that it is just one data point.
The governor said the number of hospitalizations has also been on the decline—1,095 were hospitalized Friday compared to 574 Saturday.
Cuomo said that the number of coronavirus cases in New York state had surpassed 122,000, up 8,327 from 113,704 cases on Saturday. He said the state may have reached the apex of cases, but that he is awaiting data from coming days to know for sure.
“We could be either very near the apex, or the apex could be a plateau, and we could be on that plateau right now,” he said. “We won’t know until we see the next few days.”
New York City released data this morning, which revealed that 2,256 people have succumbed to the virus since its outbreak. The city said 686 were Queens residents—the hardest hit borough—followed by 611 in Brooklyn.
“I want this all to be over,” Cuomo said, adding that it had only been 30 days since the virus hit the state. “It feels like an entire lifetime.”