Nearly 400 New Yorkers died of coronavirus overnight, 43 of them in the Big Apple, official said Wednesday.
The city’s death toll came to 1,139 on Wednesday morning, according to Mayor de Blasio’s office.
“I know we’re mourning those we’ve lost, but I remind you, New Yorkers can meet any challenge,” Hizzoner said in his daily Twitter video about the outbreak.
Statewide, there were 391 total deaths overnight, putting the Empire State’s toll at 1,941, according to Gov. Cuomo’s office.
The city had 44,915 confirmed COVID cases as of 9:30 a.m. Wednesday, up 7.5% from the day before at 5 p.m. Statewide, there were 83,712 cases as of Wednesday morning.
In his video, de Blasio touted recent efforts to expand hospital capacity, including an emergency site at the Queens tennis complex that hosts the U.S. Open and the arrival of the hospital ship USNS Comfort
“This is just the beginning,” he said. “There will be so many more places all over the city that will be turned into hospitals in this crisis to protect you and your family and your fellow New Yorkers.
The mayor has promised the city will rent “thousands and thousands of rooms” in hotels to care for patients.
With an estimated capacity of 20,000 hospital beds in the city, de Blasio says the pandemic required the city to triple its capacity.