New York City on Sunday reported zero new coronavirus deaths for the first time since the pandemic hit in mid-March — a surprising development as new cases surge in other parts of the nation.
Once the epicenter of the country's coronavirus outbreak, New York City revealed that not a single person died from the virus on Saturday, according to preliminary data from the city's Department of Health and Mental Hygiene.
During a press briefing on Monday, Mayor Bill de Blasio described the milestone as a statement about "how this city fights back and people do not ever give in."
"It's something that should make us hopeful, but it's very hard to take a victory lap because we know we have so much more ahead. This disease is far from beaten," de Blasio said. "And we look around the country and we look at what so many other Americans are going through and so many other states and cities hurting so bad right now. So no one can celebrate, but we can at least take a moment to appreciate that every one of you did so much to get us to this point."
🔦 New York City has reported a total of 215,924 cases and 18,670 confirmed deaths as of Sunday afternoon.