April 30, 2020 By Allie Griffin
Queens is approaching 50,000 cases of COVID-19 as the pandemic continues to halt daily life in New York City.
The World’s Borough continues to have the highest count of residents infected with the coronavirus among the five boroughs.
Queens has had 49,559 residents inflicted with the deadly virus, while the city as a whole has more 159,000 positive cases as of Tuesday evening, according to data from the city’s Department of Health.
The borough has more cases of the virus than several countries, including Belgium, the Netherlands and India, according to counts by the New York Times. It also isn’t far behind the whole country of Canada, which has 50,373 cases of the virus.
Coronavirus has killed 4,817 Queens residents — with 3,755 COVID-positive fatalities and 1,062 probable fatalities. The Health Department defines a probable fatality as a person who was never tested for the virus but a medical examiner determined the cause of death to be COVID-19 related.
The neighborhoods of Corona, Elmhurst and Jackson Heights remain at the epicenter of the virus.
There have been 3,441 residents of Corona (zip code 11368) who have tested positive– more than any other neighborhood by zip code. There were 2,622 cases in Elmhurst and 2,023 in Jackson Heights.
Citywide, the disease has claimed the lives of 17,589 New Yorkers — including both confirmed and probable cases of the virus.