New York on Tuesday lifted all of its remaining Covid-19 restrictions as it surpassed its goal of having 70% of residents at least partially vaccinated against the virus, a watershed moment for a state that was once the epicenter of the global pandemic—and has spent over a year recovering.
New York reported its first coronavirus case on March 3, 2020, though studies have since suggested it may have been in circulation in many states earlier than known.
From there, the state quickly became the worst-affected area in the country, reporting over 1,000 deaths a day at the height of the local outbreak in April 2020.
Cases, deaths and hospitalizations have since plummeted as the state rapidly rolled out vaccinations, averaging out at 470 new cases and 12 new deaths each day as of June 14.
In total, New York has lost nearly 53,000 residents to Covid-19, making the pandemic the deadliest disaster in terms of death toll in the history of New York City.
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