National Guard troops listen as New York Governor Andrew Cuomo speaks to the press at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center in New York, on March 27, 2020.
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The number of deaths in New York state related to the coronavirus pandemic has topped 500, Gov. Andrew Cuomo said Friday.
Cuomo revealed that the number of COVID-19-linked fatalities jumped dramatically overnight by 134, bringing the current death toll statewide to 519.
COVID-19 cases are “still doubling, and that’s still bad news,” he said, speaking at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center in New York City, where the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is setting up temporary hospitals.
“The rate of increase is slowing. But the number of cases are still going up.”
New York state, which is the epicenter of the pandemic in the United States, confirmed 7,377 new cases overnight, bringing the total in the state to 44,635.
More than half of those cases, 25,300, are located in New York City.
Cuomo also Friday…