1st COVID-19 death in New York City: Emotional tribute on Brooklyn Bridge to mark anniversary

On March 14, 2020, New York City recorded its first death from the coronavirus, and in one year, that toll skyrocketed to over 30,000 lives lost -- more than 10 times the number of people killed on September 11, 2001.

March 15, 2021 / 01:41 PM IST
New York, the US city most bereaved by the coronavirus, paid a moving tribute Sunday to its 30,258 dead, one year after the start of the pandemic. . Images of Covid-19 Victims are projected over the Brooklyn bridge as the city commemorates a Covid-19 Day of Remembrance in Brooklyn, New York on March 14, 2021. (Photo by Kevin Hagen / POOL / AFP)
New York, the US city most bereaved by the coronavirus, paid a moving tribute on Sunday to its 30,258 dead, one year after the start of the pandemic. On March 14, 2020, New York City recorded its first death from the coronavirus, and in one year, that toll skyrocketed to over 30,000 lives lost -- more than 10 times the number of people killed on September 11, 2001. (Image: AFP)
On March 14, 2020, New York City recorded its first death from the coronavirus, and in one year, that toll skyrocketed to over 30,000 lives lost -- more than 10 times the number of people killed on Sept. 11, 2001. New York Mayor Bill De Blasio speaks as images of Covid-19 Victims are projected over the Brooklyn bridge as the city commemorates a Covid-19 Day of Remembrance in Brooklyn, New York on March 14, 2021. (Photo by Kevin Hagen / POOL / AFP)
New York Mayor Bill De Blasio speaks as images of COVID-19 Victims are projected over the Brooklyn bridge as the city commemorates a COVID-19 Day of Remembrance in Brooklyn, New York on March 14, 2021. (Image: AFP)
The virtual ceremony began with a short recital by the New York Philharmonic, in front of lit candles on the iconic Brooklyn Bridge on a chilly and windy night. Bishop Hezekiah Walker and the Love Fellowship choir perform as images of Covid-19 victims are projected over the Brooklyn bridge as the city commemorates a Covid-19 Day of Remembrance in Brooklyn, New York on March 14, 2021. (Photo by Kena Betancur / AFP)
The virtual ceremony began with a short recital by the New York Philharmonic, in front of lit candles on the iconic Brooklyn Bridge on a chilly and windy night. (Image: AFP)
Large black and white photos of the victims were projected onto the bridge. NEW YORK, NY - MARCH 14: Images of New Yorkers lost to the COVID-19 pandemic are projected on to the Brooklyn Bridge on March 14, 2021 in New York City. New York City honors lives lost to COVID-19 on the anniversary of the one year anniversary of the COVID-19 lockdown. Stephanie Keith/Getty Images/AFP (Photo by STEPHANIE KEITH / GETTY IMAGES NORTH AMERICA / Getty Images via AFP)
Large black and white photos of the victims were projected onto the Brooklyn Bridge on March 14, 2021 in New York City. (Image: AFP)
There were speeches by religious leaders, a young poet and a performance by Hezekiah Walker, pastor of the Love Fellowship Tabernacle Church and popular gospel artist, accompanied by The Love Fellowship Choir. NEW YORK, NY - MARCH 14: Images of New Yorkers lost to the COVID-19 pandemic are projected on to the Brooklyn Bridge on March 14, 2021 in New York City. New York City honors lives lost to COVID-19 on the anniversary of the one year anniversary of the COVID-19 lockdown. Stephanie Keith/Getty Images/AFP (Photo by STEPHANIE KEITH / GETTY IMAGES NORTH AMERICA / Getty Images via AFP)
There were speeches by religious leaders, a young poet and a performance by Hezekiah Walker, pastor of the Love Fellowship Tabernacle Church and popular gospel artist, accompanied by The Love Fellowship Choir. (Image: AFP)
"More New Yorkers lost than in World War Two, Vietnam, Hurricane Sandy and 9/11 put together. Every family touched in some way, and for so many families a pain, a pain that is raw," Mayor Bill de Blasio said during a live virtual ceremony, after calling for a moment of silence to honor the victims. NEW YORK, NY - MARCH 14: Faces of victims of COVID-19 are projected onto the Brooklyn Bridge during a memorial service called “A COVID-19 Day of Remembrance” on March 14, 2021 in New York City. The event, which will include a virtual performance by The New York Philharmonic, marks the day the first known coronavirus fatality was confirmed in the city. Spencer Platt/Getty Images/AFP (Photo by SPENCER PLATT / GETTY IMAGES NORTH AMERICA / Getty Images via AFP)
"More New Yorkers lost than in World War Two, Vietnam, Hurricane Sandy and 9/11 put together. Every family touched in some way, and for so many families a pain, a pain that is raw," Mayor Bill de Blasio said during a live virtual ceremony, after calling for a moment of silence to honor the victims. (Image:  AFP)
The Democratic mayor heralded the "health care heroes" who "saved lives," sometimes at their own expense. NEW YORK, NY - MARCH 14: Images of New Yorkers lost to the COVID-19 pandemic are projected on to the Brooklyn Bridge on March 14, 2021 in New York City. New York City honors lives lost to COVID-19 on the anniversary of the one year anniversary of the COVID-19 lockdown. Stephanie Keith/Getty Images/AFP (Photo by STEPHANIE KEITH / GETTY IMAGES NORTH AMERICA / Getty Images via AFP)
The Democratic mayor also heralded the "health care heroes" who "saved lives," sometimes at their own expense. (Image: AFP)
He also called on New Yorkers to remember the good times. "No matter what happens, no one can take away the dances you've already danced," he said, speaking in Spanish as he quoted Colombian writer Gabriel Garcia Marquez, in a city where a third of immigrants are of Latin origin. NEW YORK, NY - MARCH 14: Images of New Yorkers lost to the COVID-19 pandemic are projected on to the Brooklyn Bridge on March 14, 2021 in New York City. New York City honors lives lost to COVID-19 on the anniversary of the one year anniversary of the COVID-19 lockdown. Stephanie Keith/Getty Images/AFP (Photo by STEPHANIE KEITH / GETTY IMAGES NORTH AMERICA / Getty Images via AFP)
He also called on New Yorkers to remember the good times. "No matter what happens, no one can take away the dances you've already danced," he said, speaking in Spanish as he quoted Colombian writer Gabriel Garcia Marquez, in a city where a third of immigrants are of Latin origin. (Image: AFP)
On March 14, the first two fatalities in the New York state occurred. An 82-year-old woman in Brooklyn with pre-existing emphysema died in the hospital. A 65-year-old person with other significant health problems who had not previously been tested for COVID-19 died at their home in Suffern, Rockland County. It was also announced that three people in Erie County tested positive for COVID-19. Orange County, Dutchess County and Ulster County closed down all their schools. (Image: AFP)
On March 14, the first two fatalities in the New York state occurred. An 82-year-old woman in Brooklyn with pre-existing emphysema died in the hospital. A 65-year-old person with other significant health problems who had not previously been tested for COVID-19 died at their home in Suffern, Rockland County. It was also announced that three people in Erie County tested positive for COVID-19. Orange County, Dutchess County and Ulster County closed down all their schools. (Image: AFP)
The United States has been battered by the world's biggest reported outbreak of the virus, with some 534,000 deaths. However, the country has administered over 100 million doses of the vaccine and new cases numbers have fallen from their highs over the holiday season. (Image: AFP)
The United States has been battered by the world's biggest reported outbreak of the virus, with some 534,000 deaths. However, the country has administered over 100 million doses of the vaccine and new cases numbers have fallen from their highs over the holiday season. (Image: AFP)
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first published: Mar 15, 2021 01:41 pm

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