5 coronavirus deaths confirmed in New York City, de Blasio says

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NEW YORK — Five people have died of novel coronavirus in New York City, Mayor Bill de Blasio said Sunday.

An 82-year-old woman’s death was reported Saturday. She suffered from emphysema. A 79-year-old woman’s death was reported early Sunday. She also had heart problems and lung diease.

De Blasio said three others with pre-existing conditions suffered coronavirus-related deaths.

  • A 78-year-old man who had multiple pre-existing conditions
  • A 56-year-old man with diabetes
  • A 53-year-old woman with diabetes and heart disease

“We feel horrible for these families. We grieve with them,” de Blasio said. “It is a reminder to everyone how vulnerable that part of our population is.”

More than 700 people across the state have COVID-19. There are 329 cases in New York City as of Sunday evening.

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