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Friday, 8 May 2020

Cuomo says 5-year-old NYC boy died from coronavirus-linked ‘toxic shock,’ first such case in the state

Governor Andrew Cuomo delivers daily briefing on the ongoing COVID-19 Pandemic.
Governor Andrew Cuomo delivers daily briefing on the ongoing COVID-19 Pandemic.(Don Pollard)

A 5-year-old boy in New York City died this week from coronavirus-linked “toxic shock" symptoms that are most commonly caused by the so-called Kawasaki disease — the state’s first confirmed fatality attributed to the mysterious illness, Gov. Cuomo said Friday.

The boy, who died Thursday, was one of 73 kids in the state who have developed symptoms similar to the disease after contracting COVID-19, Cuomo said at a press briefing in Poughkeepsie.

While noting that the Kawasaki-like symptoms are rare, Cuomo said the State Department of Health is investigating “several other" deaths that presented "similar circumstances.”

“This would be really painful news and would open up an entire different chapter because I can’t tell you how many people I spoke to who took peace and solace in the fact that children were not getting infected,” Cuomo said.

The Kawasaki disease causes inflammation in blood vessels throughout the body and is most common in children under age 5.

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