New York State death toll passes 1,000

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New York state has surpassed a grim milestone as its death toll from the coronavirus outbreak climbed above 1,000, less than a month after the disease was first detected in the state, AP reports.

New York City reported in the evening that its toll had risen to 776. The total number of statewide deaths isn’t expected to be released until Monday, but with at least 250 additional deaths recorded outside the city as of Sunday morning, the state’s total fatalities was at least 1,026.

The virus and the disease it causes, Covid-19, has torn through New York with frightening speed.

The first known infection in the state was discovered on 1 March in a health care worker who recently returned from Iran. Two days later, the state got its second case, a lawyer from the suburb of New Rochelle.