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Coronavirus: New York deaths fall for second consecutive day

There are encouraging signs that the worst-hit state in the US may have turned a corner in the battle against the coronavirus pandemic as new cases also drop.

Jeenah MoonAFP

New York is showing signs of controlling the coronavirus pandemic. The worst-hit state in the USA in terms of Covid-19 cases and deaths reported 481 fatalities on Monday 21 April, the second consecutive day that the number of reported coronavirus deaths had fallen below 500. The drop in the number of deaths has been marked in recent days after 778 fatalities were reported on 13 April.

Positive signs in New York

New York State Governor Andrew Cuomo was quoted as saying that the number of hospitalizations across the state was "basically flat" and that "downstate New York is on the descent."

The number of hospital admissions on 21 April was 27, the lowest figure since 4 April and the eighth consecutive day of descending figures in the total of new patients.

From 2 April until Sunday, New York State had registered more than 500 deaths on a daily basis. While it is too early for experts to determine whether the curve has been flattened in New York, the drop in daily fatalities is a positive sign that a corner may have been turned.

In terms of total cases, 4,178 were reported between 20 and 21 April, the lowest number since 20 March.


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