New York City has surpassed more than 25,000 deaths linked to the coronavirus, officials announced Monday.
The city Health Department reports that 25,008 deaths were confirmed or likely cases of COVID-19.
The breakdown includes 20,214 confirmed deaths from the virus and 4,794 probable deaths.
“It’s incredibly painful. These are people who were part of our families, part of communities,” Mayor Bill De Blasio said during his Tuesday press briefing.
“It’s shocking still.”
The mayor said he is hopeful that the Big Apple will rebound in 2021 as the population gets inoculated against the virus, and life can begin to return to normal after a year of severe restrictions and lockdowns .
“We’re going to turn the page on this godforsaken year. Next year will be the year of recovery, rebirth,” de Blasio said.
The city on Tuesday also reported that the number of New Yorkers testing positive for COVID-19 is at 7.45 percent post-Christmas. There were 3,390 new cases and 182 new hospitalizations.
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