NEW YORK CITY — New York City’s novel coronavirus death toll roared past 10,000 Tuesday when the Health Department included those who died without an official test.
The Health Department estimates, but cannot confirm, that the inclusion adds 3,778 New York City dwellers lost their lives to the fatal virus.
The new count is 57 percent higher than reported just hours earlier.
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The new findings show an increasingly dire situation in Brooklyn, where 656 suspected COVID-19 deaths made more than one third of the newly reported cases.
Queens, believed to be the epicenter of the epicenter, has seen 2,632 of its residents die from COVID, the new data shows. But now Brooklyn takes a grim second with 2,525 of its citizens lost.
Among the newly reported probable deaths, 962 were people over the age of 75, 455 were between the ages of 65 and 74 and 453 were between 45 and 64 years old, data shows.
Roughly 60 percent were men and about 40 percent women, according to the data.
New York City released the findings after reporters, officials and citizens pleaded for more specific and timely information, but not to everyone.
The New York Times received an exclusive from the mayor’s office before the findings were published.
The news arrived hours after Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced 778 New York State residents had died in a single day, then spent the remainder of his press conference bickering over tweets posted by President Donald Trump.
“Those New Yorkers are in our thoughts and prayers,” Cuomo said. “Just terrible, terrible, terrible news and nothing we can do about it.”
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