More New Yorkers have died from coronavirus this week than on 9/11

More New Yorkers have died from coronavirus this week than on 9/11
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The coronavirus death toll in New York City this week exceeded the number of people killed in the World Trade Center on Sept. 11, 2001.

New York state officials reported 2,906 deaths for Sunday through Wednesday — 300 more than the number of lives lost in the city on 9/11. On Thursday, almost 800 more people in New York died of COVID-19.

The Empire State reported more than 10,500 additional cases this week. With more than 160,000 confirmed cases, New York has more cases than any country in the world.

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Of the almost 18,000 deaths in the U.S. from the disease, more than 7,800 have come from New York, according to data compiled by Johns Hopkins University.

The Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation at the University of Washington now projects that the highest number of daily deaths from COVID-19 will occur sometime this weekend, and that 60,415 people in the U.S. will die from the virus by Aug. 4.

That estimate is down from the White House coronavirus task force's initial projection of 100,000 to 240,000 deaths.