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In New York State, authorities concealed real deaths from COVID

Twice as many people have died in state nursing homes than official figures say, media reported.

The authorities of New York State, USA, hid the real death rates from coronavirus in nursing homes — real numbers could be double the official ones. Reported by the New York Times on Friday, February 12.

Journalists learned about the real deaths from COVID-19 thanks to a number of court orders and leaks in the New York administration. In particular, the publication obtained access to a transcript of a telephone conversation between Assistant Governor Andrew Cuomo Melissa DeZora, and lawmakers.

“In that situation, we did not know that the data that we give to the Ministry of Justice and to you would be used against us. We did not know that there would be an investigation. We just froze,” the official said.

Now the news has sparked a flurry of condemnation not only from Republicans but also among Democratic party members Cuomo, who called for the removal of his emergency powers during the pandemic, as well as for a federal investigation and the resignation of several senior officials in the New York administration.

Earlier, US President Joe Biden said that about 300 million Americans will be vaccinated with COVID by the end of July. Vaccine companies Pfizer and Moderna will each provide 300 million doses of vaccines by the end of July 2021.

It was also reported that a congressman died of COVID in the United States for the first time. The politician died less than two weeks after testing positive. Earlier, he said that overall he was doing well.

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