CORONAVIRUS IN NYC: Death toll tops 14K; city to hold ticker tape parade for first responders after reopening

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April 21, 2020 - 9:39 am
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    NEW YORK (1010 WINS) – A total of 134,874 people in New York City have tested positive for COVID-19, and 14,427 people have died, data released on Tuesday shows. 

    The city reported 9,562 confirmed COVID-19 deaths and 4,865 probable deaths, for a total of 14,427 deaths.

    Of the positive cases, 30,142 have been reported in the Bronx; 35,775 in Brooklyn; 17,200 in Manhattan; 41,520 in Queens; and 10,166 on Staten Island. Seventy-one cases are listed as “unknown.”

    The new figures were released hours after Mayor Bill de Blasio announced that the city is launching the NYC strategic reserve of vital medical equipment and supplies.

    “We New Yorkers will take care of ourselves,” de Blasio said.

    He added that they will be doing everything it can to not rely on the federal government for help.

    "We have watched in the last few weeks that when we called for our federal government to help us, sometimes they responded, sometimes they didn't," he said. Adding, "we're not going to be fooled again."

    The mayor also announced that the city will be purchasing 3,000 units of "bridge" ventilators for $10 million made by Boyce Technologies in Long Island City.

    De Blasio also announced there will be a ticker-tape parade on Broadway in honor of health care workers and first responders when the city finally reopens.

     "This will speak to the rebirth of NYC," he said.

    On Monday, the mayor announced that permits for June events in New York City were canceled, including the Pride march and the Puerto Rican Day parade. 

    "I'm now reporting today that we will cancel city permits for June events as well," he said. "It is not a happy announcement but it is one we have to make," the mayor said.

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