New York State Governor Andrew Cuomo confirmed Friday that there were 216 deaths in the last 24 hours from the coronavirus, although he noted the improved numbers and said the virus “is on the run.”
The 216 new deaths raised the total number of deaths from Covid-19 in the North American country to 26,243, according to data from Johns Hopkins University.
As for the number of confirmed cases of the virus, the New York governor reported 2,938 infections this Friday, so the total number stood at 330,407.
“The good news, in general, is that we are finally ahead of this virus,” Cuomo said at a press conference. “We demonstrated that we can control the beast, it is fleeing. We have not killed it, but we are ahead of it,” the governor said, according to the newspaper. New York Post.
Cuomo stressed that the number of daily deaths remained “persistent and constant” at around 200 in recent days. However, he insisted that there is a possibility that the curve “flattens” and falls from that figure. “We are going day by day,” said the governor.
Possible serious cases in children
On the other hand, the governor announced that the Health Department is investigating several cases of serious illness and death in children that may be related to the coronavirus.
Specifically, 73 cases of children who experienced symptoms similar to those of Kawasaki disease and toxic shock syndrome, possibly related to Covid-19, were recorded. In addition, a five-year-old boy died in New York City on Thursday from these same causes related to the virus.
“There is much that we still do not know about the coronavirus, and at first, we were led to believe that the good news about the virus is that it did not affect children,” said Cuomo, who detailed that they are investigating this new symptomatology.
“This would be really painful news and would open a totally different chapter in our fight against the virus. The State Department of Health is investigating these cases to find out more,” added the governor.