HARROWING images have emerged showing coronavirus patients being packed onto buses on New York City's deadliest day.
The epicenter of America’s coronavirus crisis set another single-day record of COVID-19 deaths on Wednesday, with 779 fatalities in NY state.
The number of known coronavirus infections in the state alone is approaching 150,000, even as authorities warned that the official death tally may understate the true figure because it omits those who have perished at home.
The State Governor Andrew Cuomo said after losing more New Yorkers than the 9/11 terror attacks, he believed that things had changed irrevocably in-state and around the world as flags were lowered in tribute.
"I don’t think we [will ever] return to normal," Cuomo said on Wednesday, after revealing coronavirus killed at least 6,268 residents versus the 2,753 lives lost in the September 11, 2001.
Cuomo also said that coronavirus eclipsing 9/11 in the state is "almost unimaginable."
"How do you square those two things?" he asked. "We’re making progress [but] we lost more people than every before on a single day."
Doctors and nurses say elderly patients and those with underlying health conditions are not the only ones who appear relatively well one moment and at death’s door the next. It happens to the young and healthy, too.
Patients “look fine, feel fine, then you turn around and they’re unresponsive,” said Diana Torres, a nurse at Mount Sinai Hospital in New York City told Reuters. “I’m paranoid, scared to walk out of their room.”
Ex CDC Chief Dr. Thomas Frieden, who has also been the head of NYC's Health Department, says that state leaders such as Gov. Andrew Cuomo should have had more of a sense of urgency.
He believes the outbreak in the state could have been reduced by 50 to 80 per cent, according to The New York Times.
“Flu was coming down, and then you saw this new ominous spike. And it was COVID," Frieden told the newspaper.
"And it was spreading widely in New York City before anyone knew it.
"You have to move really fast. Hours and days. Not weeks.
"Once it gets a head of steam, there is no way to stop it.”
Cuomo said Wednesday in his daily briefing that there have been 779 new fatalities, the second day in a row there were more than 700 coronavirus deaths in the state.
The governor told The Times that “every action I took was criticized at the time as premature."
"The facts have proven my decisions correct.”
The increased death toll in New York City comes as new hospital admissions have dropped on average over several days.
Cuomo said on Tuesday that the death tally is a “lagging indicator” that reflects the loss of critically ill people hospitalized earlier.
The state has been recording more than 500 deaths a day since late last week.
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There are 430,376 confirmed cases in the country.
However, at least 23,707 have recovered from the deadly virus.
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