COVID-19 deaths in NY fall to 17, lowest 24-hour total since start of outbreak

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo says 'Phase 2' of reopening of New York City as daily death toll from coronavirus falls below 20.

Gary Willig ,

Andrew Cuomo
Andrew Cuomo

17 New Yorkers died from the coronavirus yesterday, June 16, New York State Governor Andrew Cuomo announced Wednesday, According to Cuomo this is the lowest 24-hour death toll in the Empire State since the start of the coronavirus epidemic.

"The only way I could feel better is if that number ever becomes zero," Cuomo stated.

The daily death toll peaked at 799 on April 8. 17,389 people have died from the coronavirus in New York City, out of 24,579 people who have died in the entire state.

Cuomo further stated that 'Phase 2' of the reopening of New York City would begin next week. More businesses and retailers would be allowed to open. Malls, gyms, and movie theaters would remain closed during 'Phase 2.'