Coronavirus in NYC: Citywide death toll now exceeds 1,000 patients

A man walks next to a makeshift morgue set outside Lenox Health Medical Pavilion as the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak continues in New York, U.S., March 29, 2020. REUTERS/Eduardo Munoz

New York City reached on Tuesday a terrible milestone in the coronavirus epidemic, as the death toll from the virus now exceeds 1,000.

As of 5 p.m. March 31, the city tallied 41,771 cases across the five boroughs, with 1,096 deaths. The number of coronavirus fatalities had increased by 164 since the city reported 932 deaths at 9:30 a.m. Tuesday morning.

The evening updated noted that 8,549 coronavirus patients across the city have been hospitalized. However, a chart indicates that the rate of hospitalization has gone down in recent days, from 769 on March 27 to 554 on March 29.

Queens has one-third of New York City’s coronavirus cases, with 13,869. They also have the most number of virus-related deaths at 376.

Brooklyn has the second-highest number of infected patients with 11,160 cases and 261 deaths. While the Bronx has the third-most coronavirus cases with 7,814, it has the highest percentage of related fatalities with 262, accounting for 3.01% of its case total.

There are 6,539 Manhattan coronavirus cases with 129 deaths, and Staten Island has 2,354 infections with 67 deaths.

The Health Department figures indicate that adults citywide between 18 and 44 years of age have the most number of coronavirus infections, accounting for 42% of all cases. Meanwhile, half of those hospitalized — and 46.7% of all coronavirus-related deaths — are seniors 75 years of age and older. 

This story was updated on March 31 at 8:42 p.m.

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