New York City Sees Zero Daily Coronavirus Deaths for the First Time in 3 Months

Although the novel coronavirus outbreak has run rampant in New York City, with at least 205,406 confirmed cases to date, the city's daily death toll hit a positive milestone this week.

No new fatalities were reported on Wednesday for the first time since March 12, the city's health department has confirmed. The first confirmed COVID-19 death in New York City was reported on March 11.

In the same period last week, New York City recorded three probable novel coronavirus-related deaths of people who never tested positive but showed symptoms of the virus. These probable deaths may be reclassified as confirmed deaths in the days ahead, a spokesperson for City Hall confirmed.

The latest feat marks a dramatic contrast from the daily death toll of nearly 800 the city recorded during the peak of the outbreak in April. New York state reported its highest daily death count of nearly 1,025 fatalities in mid-April.

"In the face of extraordinary challenges, New Yorkers have gone above and beyond to keep each other safe throughout the crisis," a spokesperson for City Hall, Avery Cohen, said.

"With hope on the horizon, we will continue to do everything we can to reopen safely without losing sight of the progress we've made."

New York City is scheduled to enter the first phase of its reopening on June 8. Western New York and the capital region have already entered the second phase of the state's reopening.

The Mid-Hudson Valley region will enter phase two of its reopening on June 9, while Long Island will begin phase two the following day.

The Central New York, Finger Lakes, Mohawk Valley, North Country and Southern Tier regions have also been approved to enter the second phase of the state's reopening plan, the office of New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo confirmed.

Outdoor dining at restaurants has resumed in the seven regions currently in phase two of the reopening.

Summer day camps will be opened statewide on June 29, while a decision on sleep-away camps will be made in the coming weeks, the governor's office notes.

New York state has reported 375,133 confirmed cases, including 204,406 in New York City, according to the latest report Thursday from the governor's office.

The state also hit a couple of milestones in recent days. The state reported its lowest rate of positive test results since the pandemic began, Cuomo confirmed on Monday.

Last month, the state also saw its daily death toll drop below 100 for the first time since the outbreak began.

But concerns have been raised over a potential second wave of cases in New York City that could arrive amid ongoing protests following the killing of George Floyd.

Among the mass demonstrations erupting across the city, some individuals appeared not to be following social distancing guidelines and other safety measures to mitigate the spread of infection.

"Watching large groups of protesters concerns me very much in light of the current pandemic and all of the effort that has been required to reduce the spread of SARS-CoV2," Dr. Marta Feldmesser, chief of infectious diseases at Lenox Hill Hospital in Manhattan, told Newsweek.

"Even for those trying to wear masks properly, chanting loudly may increase droplet production and dissemination, resulting in increased spread through contact."

In a bid to help manage the protests, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio extended the citywide curfew issued earlier this week. The curfew is in effect from 8 p.m. to 5 a.m. local time every night until 5 a.m. (local time) on June 8, the mayor confirmed in a post on his official Twitter account.

George Floyd protest, New York City, Brooklyn
A protester wearing a protective mask applauds during a protest against the death of George Floyd on June 3, 2020 in Brooklyn, New York. Getty Images

The graphics below, provided by Statista, illustrate the spread of COVID-19 in the U.S. and the worst-affected countries.

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