New York City’s coronavirus death toll has eclipsed the number of those killed when planes were flown into the twin towers of the World Trade Centre on 9/11, in a harrowing milestone for the city now known as the epicentre of the virus in the US.
At least 3,485 people have died in New York from COVID-19, according to data compiled by Johns Hopkins University.
The deadliest terror attack on US soil killed 2,753 people in the city and 2,977 overall, when hijacked planes slammed into the twin towers and the Pentagon, while another crashed in a Pennsylvania field after passengers fought for control of the aircraft.
As the crisis in the US deepened, President Donald Trump lashed out at the World Health Organisation on Twitter.
Death toll jumps but measures working
New York state recorded 731 new coronavirus deaths on Tuesday, its biggest one-day jump yet, for a statewide toll of nearly 5,500.
But he indicated that measures that had been put in place were working.
“You see that plateauing — that’s because of what we are doing. If we don’t do what we are doing, that is a much different curve.”
“So social distancing is working.”
President Donald Trump takes aim at WHO
Mr Trump insinuated that the WHO had been biased towards China in its advice and that his administration would be “giving that a good look”.