New York’s coronavirus death toll has now surpassed the 50,000 mark, new data shows.
As of Monday morning, a total of 50,017 New Yorkers had succumbed to COVID-19, according to data compiled by Johns Hopkins University.
Only the state of California, which has more than double New York’s population, has recorded more deaths from the virus, at 58,949 fatalities.
Mayor Bill de Blasio commented on the grim figure of more than 50,000 deaths Monday, calling it a “somber milestone.”
“It’s been such a painful experience of all New Yorkers,” de Blasio said during a City Hall press briefing.
“I think this is a reminder to us to take this disease very seriously,” Hizzoner said. “I think it’s a reminder to us that this isn’t over yet, to follow the data and the science, to follow the precautions that healthcare leaders have been consistently telling us to follow, to not loosen up the wrong way.”
The news comes as coronavirus cases are ticking up again across the country — with New Jersey and New York suffering the highest infection rates.
De Blasio claimed that in other parts of the country, decisions about reopening “are not about data and science.”
“We gotta make sure decisions in New York are always made by adherence to the data and the science,” he explained.
“It’s painful, but we do know what we have to do from this point on – we’ve got to get the maximum number of people vaccinated, and we’ve got to stick to the smart guidance that the doctors have given us until were absolutely sure we have turned the corner.”
New York state’s own coronavirus fatalities tracker — which only includes confirmed, but not presumed, deaths — puts the Empire State’s total COVID-19 death toll at 40,330, according to the latest data.
Additional reporting by Carl Campanile and Nolan Hicks