CORONAVIRUS IN NYC: Death toll rises by 67 to 517, total cases now 29,158, a New Yorker died every 17 minutes on Thursday and Friday

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March 28, 2020 - 12:33 pm

NEW YORK (1010 WINS) -- The number of coronavirus cases in New York City has risen to 29,158 on Saturday, up from 26,697 Friday, the city Department of Health said.

The number of deaths also rose by 67 to 517, up from 450 on Friday.

The breakdown by borough is:

- 9,228 in Queens

- 7,789 in Brooklyn

- 5,352 in the Bronx

- 5,036 in Manhattan

- 1,718 on Staten Island

On Thursday and Friday -- both of which saw the death toll jump by 84 each day -- a New Yorker died on average every 17 minutes due to coronavirus, according to an analysis of citywide statistics by The New York Post.

As for breakdown by gender of Fridy night's statistics, 56 percent are men and 44 percent women.

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During an afternoon briefing Friday, Mayor Bill de Blasio said a few religious groups are not listening to social distancing orders, and warned that if any churches or synagogues gather this weekend, the city will break it up. The city is also considering fines up of to $500 for those who do not comply.

De Blasio also said he wants a rent freeze for everyone who is rent stabilized now as opposed to this summer.

The city may be shut down through May because of the outbreak, de Blasio added.

"Unfortunately, we think this crisis is going to grow through April into May—that’s the truth,” de Blasio said. “And we need the president and everyone in Washington to understand that’s just the blunt reality. We’re looking at the numbers, we’re looking at the human impact. We can’t ignore it, we can’t minimize it.”

“When the president says the state of New York doesn’t need 30,000 ventilators, with all due respect to him, he’s not looking at the facts of the astronomical growth of this crisis. And a ventilator means someone lives or dies,” de Blasio said. “If they don’t have a ventilator, a lot of people are just not going to make it.”

De Blasio said New York City has gotten about 2,500 ventilators in the past week or so. The state needs 30,000 and the city needs 15,000, he said.

“The president has to make that contract happen with the companies that can make ventilators—not just for New York City and New York state, for the whole country. This is going to get worse before it gets better,” de Blasio said.

If anyone would like to help hospitals, fellow New Yorkers with supplies, etc., the mayor said to please call: 833-NYC-0040.

But, despite the limitations medical care workers are dealing with, many are still keeping their spirits up, as this photo from Maimonides Medical Center in Brooklyn demonstrates:

Maimonides Medical Center
Sharon Barnes-Waters

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