The number of coronavirus deaths in New York state more than doubled in 72 hours to 1,941By ROBERT BUMSTED, MARINA VILLENEUVE and MICHAEL HILL Associated PressApril 2, 2020, 2:10 AM5 min readNEW YORK — Coronavirus deaths soared. New York City playgrounds were targeted for shutdown to help slow an outbreak projected to grow worse for another month. Overtaxed hospitals began transferring patients north of the city. And residents near one struggling hospital have become all too used to ambulance sirens. “It’s very eerie. I think everyone’s just doing what they can, but at the same time it bothers you. Especially if you’re around Elmhurst because you can hear all the ambulances,” said Emma Sorza, near Elmhurst Hospital in Queens. The latest coronavirus developments in New York: ——— NUMBERS UP, NO RESPITE New York’s COVID-19 death count more than doubled in 72 hours to 1,941. One month after New York discovered its first infection — a health care worker returning from Iran — the state tallied more than 83,000 positive cases. The 1,941 deaths were up from 965 Sunday morning. New York logged its first virus-related death March 13, an 82-year-old woman with emphysema. With more than 12,000 people hospitalized, New

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