New York City’s new coronavirus death count is only comparable to that of whole nations, new data show.
The 365 deaths reported in New York City as of 5 p.m. Thursday is among the highest reported by Johns Hopkins University’s tracker and shares the top ranking with nations in Europe and the Middle East.
It’s higher than all of Germany with 304 deaths, near double that of Switzerland with 207 deaths and about four times higher than fatalities reported in Sweden, Indonesia, Brazil, Portugal, Turkey and Austra.
Deaths are predicted to keep rising rapidly in coming days as COVID-19 patients spend longer times on ventilators, which can cause lung damage if used for an extended period of time, Cuomo explained.
“The longer you’re on a ventilator, the less likely you are to come off that ventilator,” Cuomo said. “It’s bad news.”
The only places to see more deaths than New York City are Italy with 8,215 deaths, Spain with 4,858 deaths, Hubei in China with 3,174 deaths, Iran with 2,378 deaths, France with 1,696 deaths, United Kingdom with 759 deaths and the Netherlands with 546 deaths.
The number of New York City cases has risen to 23,112 with 7,362 in Queens, 6,095 in Brooklyn, 4,046 in Manhattan, 4,243 in The Bronx and 1,330 in Staten Island, city data show.
“We’re so together, which is what makes us so special,” said Cuomo. “That density becomes the enemy in cases like this.”