NEW YORK: More people have died from the coronavirus in New York City than perished in the Sept. 11 attack on the World Trade Center.
At least 3,202 people have been killed in the city by the virus, according to a new count released by city health officials Tuesday.
The deadliest terror attack on U.S. soil killed 2,753 people in the city and 2,977 overall, when hijacked planes slammed into the World Trade Center, the Pentagon and a field near Shanksville, Pennsylvania, on Sept. 11, 2001.
The coronavirus has made New York ground zero again in a national tragedy and the center of a crisis that is reshaping Americans’ lives and liberties.
New York City recorded its first coronavirus death on March 13, less than two weeks after confirming its first infection.
Health officials announced 114 new cases in Washington, D.C., bringing the total to 1,211, with 22 deaths.
Mayor Muriel Bowser has issued a stay-home order on March 30 for Washington’s approximately 700,000 residents. Neighboring Maryland and Virginia have done the same.
South Africa’s health minister says 66 people at a single hospital in Durban have tested positive for the coronavirus in the past few days, including 48 staffers.
Zweli Mkhize says authorities are looking into closing parts of St. Augustine’s Hospital. The minister says less than 100 people across the country are currently hospitalized with the virus.
He also seeks to reassure anxious health workers after a union went to court over the shortage of protective gear. Mkhize says South Africa’s supply should last up to eight weeks.
South Africa has Africa’s most confirmed cases with more than 1,700.
Bowser also declared a state of emergency last month, shuttered all schools and ordered all non-essential businesses to close. White House and Capitol tours were canceled and the National Zoo, Smithsonian museum network and Kennedy Center were closed.
On Sunday, officials shut down a popular fish market at the city’s Wharf boardwalk after crowds ignored social distancing guidelines and packed the area on Saturday.
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