New York’s daily coronavirus death toll falls below 100

US President Donald Trump and Vice President Mike Pence look on as New York Governor Andrew Cuomo gives a press briefing on the state’s coronavirus status in this April 19, 2020 photo. (AFP)
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Updated 24 May 2020

New York’s daily coronavirus death toll falls below 100

  • At the pandemic’s peak in New York in early April, state officials were reporting up to 800 deaths a day

WASHINGTON: The number of deaths in New York state caused by the coronavirus in the last 24 hours was 84, the lowest one-day total since late March, Governor Andrew Cuomo said Saturday.
“The news is good news,” Cuomo said in his daily televised briefing.
Hospitalizations, intubations and new infections were all in decline, he added.
“In my head, I was always looking to get under 100,” Cuomo said, speaking from the governor’s mansion in Albany.
“It doesn’t do good for any of those 84 families that are feeling the pain,” he added. “But for me it’s just a sign we are making real progress.”
The toll is the lowest since March 24. At the pandemic’s peak in New York in early April, state officials were reporting up to 800 deaths a day, and daily tolls repeatedly surpassed 1,000 when probable cases were included.
Parts of the state that saw fewer virus cases have already begun to ease lockdown restrictions, but they have yet to be lifted in New York City, the former virus epicenter in the US.
The city’s beaches will remain closed for this long Memorial Day weekend, which traditionally marks the beginning of the US summer season.
Beaches are being reopened elsewhere in the state and in other coastal areas, often with bathers required to observe social distancing.
Cuomo issued an unexpected order late Friday to allow public assemblies of up to 10 people “for any lawful purpose.”
He was easing an earlier order that applied only to religious services and Memorial Day celebrations, after a civil liberties group filed suit to object.


Knifeman kills three in suspected terror attack at French church in Nice

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Knifeman kills three in suspected terror attack at French church in Nice

  • Two victims died at the Basilica of Notre-Dame while a third person died of injuries
  • Macron called for churches around the country to be given added security

NICE: A man wielding a knife at a church in the French city of Nice killed three people, slitting the throat of at least one, and injured several others before being apprehended by police, officials said Thursday.
French anti-terror prosecutors have opened an inquiry into what the city’s Mayor Christian Estrosi called an “Islamo-fascist attack.”
“He (the attacker) kept repeating ‘Allahu Akbar’ (God is Greater) even while under medication” after he was injured during his arrest, Estrosi told journalists at the scene.NIC

Video footage shows police entering the church in Nice where the attack is thought to have been carried out. (Twitter)

Two victims died at the Basilica of Notre-Dame, in the heart of the city on the Mediterranean coast, while a third person died of injuries after seeking refuge in a nearby bar, a police source told AFP.
“The situation is now under control,” police spokeswoman Florence Gavello said.
France has been on high alert for terror attacks since the January 2015 massacre at the satirical weekly Charlie Hebdo. The trial of suspected accomplices in that attack is underway in Paris. 

 

There have been unconfirmed reports that at least one of the victims was decapitated. (Twitter)

In Nice in particular, painful memories remain fresh of the jihadist attack during the Bastille Day fireworks on July 14, 2016, when a man rammed his truck into a crowded promenade, killing 86 people.
It was part of a wave of attacks on French soil, often by so-called “lone wolf” assailants, which has killed more than 250 people since 2015.

 

 

The attacker was captured by police and taken to hospital. (Twitter)

The assault prompted lawmakers in parliament to hold a minute’s silence on Thursday, before Prime Minister Jean Castex and other ministers abruptly left for an emergency meeting with President Emmanuel Macron.
Estrosi, who said Macron would soon be arriving in Nice, called for churches around the country to be given added security or to be closed as a precaution.
(With agencies)