New York City added thousands of people to its coronavirus death toll to account for victims who died in recent weeks without seeking hospital care.
The additional deaths — more than 3,700 — pushed the city’s total to more than 10,000. Freddi Goldstein, press secretary to Mayor Bill de Blasio, said they include at-home deaths of people suspected of having Covid-19, the disease caused by the coronavirus. That judgment is based on reported symptoms including cough, fever and shortness of breath.
The city’s Health Department published official statistics Tuesday afternoon reporting 6,589 deaths as of the Monday at 4 p.m.