By: AP | New York |

Revealed: June 29, 2020 9:53:29 am

Virus death toll drops to 5 in NY, once the US epicenter The governor cautioned that the numbers might spike once more if New Yorkers let down their guard. (AP Photograph/Seth Wenig)

5 individuals died Saturday from the coronavirus in New York state, the bottom each day dying toll the state has reported since March 15. Saturday’s whole in comparison with 13 fatalities the day earlier than because the variety of fatalities brought on by the virus continues to plummet within the state.

In the course of the peak of the pandemic in April, practically 800 individuals have been dying a day from coronavirus. “We’re on the precise reverse finish,” Gov.Andrew Cuomo stated in an interview with NBC’s “Meet the Press.”

New York nonetheless leads the nation in COVID-19 deaths with practically 25,000, in response to the state’s official tally, which doesn’t embody individuals who doubtless died of the illness. In the meantime, fewer than 900 sufferers have been hospitalized Saturday for COVID-19, down from a peak of over 18,000 in April.

The governor cautioned that the numbers might spike once more if New Yorkers let down their guard down and fail to observe social distancing and mask-wearing necessities.

“I’m now afraid of the unfold coming from different states as a result of we’re one nation and folks journey,” Cuomo stated.

“I’m afraid the an infection fee within the different states will come again to New York and lift that fee once more.”

Confirmed each day infections within the U.S. hit an all-time excessive of 40,000 on Friday, prompting officers in Texas and Florida to reverse course and shut down bars of their states once more. U.S. Well being and Human Providers Secretary Alex Azar pressured that “the window is closing” for the U.S. to take motion to successfully curb the coronavirus.

Cardinal Timothy Dolan on Sunday celebrated the primary public Mass at St. Patrick’s Cathedral because the coronavirus pandemic started. The storied cathedral was restricted to 25% capability and social-distancing pointers outlined by state officers.

Dolan thanked the congregation for its perseverance and joked that greater than a dozen collections could be taken to make up for the missed Sundays.

“The place have you ever all been these final 14 weeks?” Dolan quipped. “Am I ever joyful to see you.” The church continues to livestream each day Mass on its web site.

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