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Coronavirus count: More than 280 New Yorkers died Friday of illness, infected case count over 56,000

A woman texts on her mobile phone outside a supermarket during outbreak of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Queens New York. (REUTERS)

The coronavirus pandemic keeps getting worse and worse in New York City, as a reported 283 infected patients died of the illness in just seven hours Friday, according to the city’s Health Department.

The 5 p.m. April 3 report from the agency noted that 56,289 people in New York City have contracted the illness so far. That’s 3,341 more patients from the 52,948 that the Health Department reported just 7 hours earlier, at 9:30 a.m. Friday. 

The death toll also spiked from morning to afternoon, from 1,584 fatalities reported at 9:30 a.m. April 3 to 1,867 deaths reported at 5 p.m. the same day.

Queens remains the hardest-hit borough of all, with 18,823 infections, followed by Brooklyn with 15,327. The Bronx now has 10,765 cases, followed by Manhattan with 8,222 patients, and Staten Island with 3,117 illnesses.

The city’s Department of Health did not release an updated death toll by borough on Friday night. As of 9:30 a.m. April 3, Queens had 499 fatalities (an increase of 0 from the previous evening), followed by the Bronx with 438, Brooklyn with 388, Manhattan with 179 and Staten Island with 79.

Nearly 70% of all coronavirus-related fatalities involve individuals 65 years of age and older. In almost all coronavirus deaths, regardless of age, the victims had an underlying condition.

The next Health Department data update should come Saturday morning.

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