Janelle Griffith22h ago / 4:27 PM UTCA man’s tweet requesting prayers for a 30-year-old coronavirus victim went viral Friday, inspiring thousands of tweets with the phrase “Praying for Laura.”The man, author Jonathan Merritt, said his friend, whom he identified only as “Laura from NYC,” was diagnosed with COVID-19, the disease caused by the coronavirus. Merritt said Laura is on a ventilator in intensive care “fighting for her life.””She is only 30,” he wrote in his tweet Thursday night. “Please pray for her.”His post had upward of 10,000 retweets as of Friday morning and more than 70,000 likes.Read the full story here.Erik Ortiz21h ago / 5:38 PM UTCDeath toll hits more than 500 in New York, Cuomo saysNew York’s coronavirus death toll has topped more than 500 — about half of all deaths linked to COVID-19 in the U.S., Gov. Andrew Cuomo said Friday.”This is a different beast than we’re used to dealing with,” Cuomo said, speaking from the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center in Manhattan, which has been turned into a field hospital.The deaths in New York climbed to 519, a nearly 35 percent increase from Thursday. Cuomo said he expects the number to grow as people who have been on ventilators for a long period succumb to the


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