New York City has reported its first death of a child as Gov Andrew Cuomo begs for help amid the rising coronavirus cases in the state. There are more than 66,000 cases and 1,218 deaths.
New York City has reported its first death of a child from coronavirus as Gov Andrew Cuomo begs for help amid the rising cases in the state.
The age of the child has not been revealed but, according to NBC, the minor did have an underlying medical condition.
As of Monday evening, New York state had a total of 1,218 deaths, prompting Cuomo to issue an urgent appeal for medical volunteers. New York City’s death toll rose to 790 on Monday.
‘Please come help us in New York, now,’ the governor said, adding that confirmed coronavirus cases in the state have surpassed 66,000.
New York City has reported the death of a child as Gov Andrew Cuomo begs for help as coronavirus cases continue to rise in the state. Bodies are seen being loaded into the back of a refrigerated truck in Brooklyn on Monday
As of Monday evening, New York state had a total of 1,218 deaths, with the majority being in New York City, prompting Cuomo to issue an urgent appeal for medical volunteers (pictured at an emergency hospital in Central Park on Monday)
An estimated 80,000 former medical professionals have already stepped up to volunteer.
Authorities have also warned that the crisis pushing New York’s hospitals to the breaking point is just a preview of what other cities across the US could soon face.
Cuomo said the city needs 1 million additional health care workers.
‘We’ve lost over 1,000 New Yorkers,’ he said. ‘To me, we’re beyond staggering already. We’ve reached staggering.’
At the same time the governor’s appeal went out, Navy hospital ship Mercy, pulled into port with 1,000 beds to help relieve pressure on New York’s hospitals.
The child’s death comes just two days after Illinois reported that an infant with COVID-19 died on Saturday.
Cuomo (pictured Monday) said the city needs 1 million additional health care workers
‘There has never been a case of COVID-19 death in an infant,’ said Illinois Public Health Director, Dr Ngozi Ezike.
‘If you havent been paying attention, maybe this is your wake-up call,’ Ezike said.
The risk of death and severe illness from COVID-19 is greater for older adults and people with other health problems.
In most cases, the virus causes mild or moderate symptoms, which can include fever and cough but also milder cases of pneumonia, sometimes requiring hospitalization.
Children have made up a small fraction of coronavirus cases worldwide.
At the same time the governor’s appeal went out, Navy hospital ship Mercy (pictured docking on Monday) pulled into port with 1,000 beds to help relieve pressure on New York’s hospitals
A letter published in the New England Journal of Medicine by Chinese researchers earlier this month reported the death of a 10-month-old with COVID-19.
The infant had a bowel blockage and organ failure, and died four weeks after being hospitalized.
Separate research published in the journal Pediatrics traced 2,100 infected children in China and noted one death, a 14-year old.
The study found less than six per cent of children were seriously ill.
As of Monday afternoon, there were more than 5,000 confirmed coronavirus cases in Illinois and 73 deaths.
Illinois is under a stay-at-home order, with all non-essential business and travel banned.