New York confirms first COVID-19 related death

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    New York Governor Andrew Cuomo speaks during a press conference to discuss the first positive case of novel coronavirus or COVID-19 in New York State on March 2, 2020 in New York City. - Governor Andrew Cuomo said March 2, 2020 he expects the new coronavirus is spreading in New York, a global hub of commerce and finance, as it deals with its first confirmed case."I've been saying for many days, it's not if but when. We're New York. This is a global situation," he said on CNN.The city's first confirmed coronavirus case was detected in a health care worker, a 39-year-old woman who tested positive after returning from Iran. (Photo by Angela Weiss / AFP) (Photo by ANGELA WEISS/AFP via Getty Images)

    NEW YORK — A New York City woman has died from the coronavirus, Gov. Andrew Cuomo said Saturday.

    The 82-year-old woman was hospitalized in critical condition at Wyckoff Heights Medical Center Emergency Room in Brooklyn on March 3 and died on Friday, according to Cuomo and Mayor Bill de Blasio.

    She had emphysema, which is considered a pre-existing condition that can worsen the symptoms of coronavirus, or COVID-19, Cuomo said.

    “The context is very important. This was an 82-year-old woman who had an underlying respiratory illness, emphysema, for which she had been hospitalized for previously,” the governor said. “She then contracted the coronavirus on top of the emphysema and she passed.”

    De Blasio, speaking at a joint news conference with Sen. Chuck Schumer on Saturday, offered his condolences to the woman’s family.

    “We’ve gathered together at a very painful moment. We are very, very saddened — all of us — to hear of the death, the first New Yorker to die related to coronavirus,” the mayor said. “This is a very painful moment. This is a moment we all knew would come but it doesn’t make it any easier. Our hearts go out to her family … and we will do all we can to support this family in this really difficult moment.”

    Source : Pix 11

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