For the first time since March, New York City witnessed no confirmed COVID-19 death on Wednesday, June 3.
The city recorded its first COVID-19 casualty on March 11 and the deaths peaked at 590 on April 7.
However, New York Daily News quoted official figures released by city authorities as showing that no confirmed death caused by the disease was recorded on Wednesday, although three deaths were listed as having a “probable” connection to COVID-19.
This is coming in spite of George Floyd-related protests in the city and others across the United States where protesters can be seen openly breaking social and physical distancing guidelines. The protests commenced on May 26 from Minneapolis, Minnesota.
According to the World Health Organisation (WHO), social distancing remains one of the most effective ways to prevent the spread of coronavirus.
Although Freddi Goldstein, a spokeswoman for Mayor de Blasio, described the news of zero fatality as “great news”, many Americans who reacted described it as “statistically impossible”, querying whether there was more to it.
Media analyst, Mark Dice, wrote, “Magically NOBODY is dying from coronavirus in New York City anymore, they’re saying!
“From a thousand a day to zero the next week! It’s a miracle hahaha.”
Frank Pontes wrote, “Hallelujah! It’s a miracle. The rioting cured Covid-19. Enough of this BS…Time to open up NY now!!”
T.J Dolan also wrote, “Trump’s right again! He said it would magically go away.”