A HEARTBREAKING total of 2,935 people in New York state have lost their lives to the coronavirus – a figure that surpasses the number of people in New York City who were killed during the Sept. 11 terror attacks.
The number of deaths in the state increased by 562 on Friday, the biggest spike in casualties so far.
Gov. Andrew Cuomo speaks to reporters on Friday
A grim scene at Wyckoff Heights Medical Center in Brooklyn this week
New York City has become the epicenter of the pandemic, with nearly 15,000 people in hospitals and 2,000 deaths.
“We lived in a paradise, didn’t we, in this wonderful city?” Upper West Sider Julia Vitullo-Martin told Politico.
“We had dance, theater, opera, we had everything, great sports.
“And now suddenly we don’t … A lot of things aren’t going to reopen.”
New York experienced a different kind of devastation on Sept. 11, 2001, when 2,700 people in the state were killed by terrorists.
The current death toll looks like it will continue to rise.
Gov. Andrew Cuomo said he will sign an order to redistribute hundreds of ventilators to overwhelmed hospitals.
New York City Mayor Bill De Blasio speaks with reporters
Officials fear they will soon run out of breathing machines for intensive care patients.
“You have more deaths, you have more people coming into hospitals than any other night,” Cuomo told a state Capitol news briefing.
Cuomo said his executive order will allow the state to redeploy excess ventilators and protective equipment from hospitals and other institutions.
He said there could be several hundred excess ventilators.
“This Friday afternoon we are beginning a race against time as we prepare for next week,” Mayor Bill De Blasio said Friday, according to The New York Post.
“If we’re gonna save every life we can save, we need the supplies, the equipment, the PPE,” he said, referring to protective equipment.
“We need more than ever the personnel, the people, the doctors, the nurses that will help us through this fight.
“We need the beds.”
There have been more than 270,000 reported coronavirus cases in the US, and experts fear more than 200,000 may end up dead.