New York City virus deaths exceed 4,000, topping toll for 9/11 attacks

The Empire State has been the hardest hit by the COVID-19 pandemic in the U.S.

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April 8, 2020 - 10:45 AM

New York Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo provides a coronavirus update during a press conference in the Red Room at the State Capitol on Monday, April 6, 2020 in Albany, N.Y. (Mike Groll/Office of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo/TNS)

NEW YORK (AP) — New York City’s death toll from the coronavirus rose past 4,000 on Tuesday, eclipsing the number killed at the World Trade Center on 9/11. In Britain, Prime Minister Boris Johnson lay in intensive care, believed to be the first major world leader hospitalized with the virus.

The twin developments came even as the crisis seemed to be easing or at least stabilizing, by some measures, in New York and parts of Europe, though health officials warned people at nearly every turn not to let their guard down. After 76 days, China finally lifted the lockdown on Wuhan, the city of 11 million where the outbreak began.

COVID-19’s toll in New York City is now more than 1,000 deaths higher than that of the deadliest terror attack on U.S. soil, which killed 2,753 people in the city and 2,977 overall, when hijacked planes slammed into the twin towers, the Pentagon and a Pennsylvania field on Sept. 11, 2001.

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