NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 7: Two medical doctors at rig
NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 7: Two medical doctors at right adjust an oxygen tank to deal with COVID-19 patients at the emergency room of the Elmhurst Hospital Center on April 7, 2020 in the Queens borough of New York City. Hospitals in New York City, which have been especially hard hit by the coronavirus, are facing shortages of beds, ventilators and protective equipment for medical staff. (Photo by Robert Nickelsberg/Getty Images)
  • One in 10 Americans surveyed said they knew someone who has died from Covid-19, the disease caused by the novel coronavirus.
  • More than half of Americans surveyed said they didn't know anyone who had been diagnosed with Covid-19.
  • Nearly one-third of those surveyed said they knew someone who had been diagnosed.
  • Insider and SurveyMonkey polled 1,107 Americans between April 10 and 11.
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One in 10 Americans said they knew someone who has died from Covid-19, the disease caused by the novel coronavirus, according to a new Insider poll.

Slightly more - 12% - of 1,107 Americans polled said they knew someone who had been hospitalised as a result of the novel coronavirus. Just 3% of those surveyed said someone "very close" to them had been hospitalised due to the virus.

While 29% of people surveyed said they knew someone who had been diagnosed with Covid-19, 56% said they didn't know anyone who had been diagnosed. More than 560,000 people have been diagnosed with the virus in the US, and at least 22,900 people have died, according to data from Johns Hopkins University.

The US has faced the most severe Covid-19 outbreak globally, with New York being the hardest-hit. Gov. Andrew Cuomo said on Monday that social distancing measures, mandated by his stay-at-home order, were helping to flatten the curve of the number of Covid-19 hospitalisations and the number of people on ventilators.

In the state, 671 people died from the virus on Easter Sunday, bringing the death toll in New York to 10,056, which Cuomo called "terrible news - as terrible as it gets." The state of New York announced 758 people had died from the virus the day prior.

"I believe the worst is over if we continue to be smart, and I believe we can start on the path to normalcy," he said at a press conference on Monday. "Do not reverse the progress we have made in our zeal to reopen. That's our challenge going forward."

Drone video has captured workers digging giant trenches for mass graves at Hart Island, which houses a New York City public cemetery, as city morgues run out of room and the "deathcare" system is overwhelmed.

President Donald Trump has repeatedly expressed a desire to reopen the US economy as soon as possible. In a tweet Monday, Trump said it was his decision - and not that of state governors - of when to do so, which is incorrect.

Governors on both coasts announced coalitions on Monday that will regionally coordinate ways to reopen the economy and expand who counts as essential workers once the coronavirus outbreak becomes manageable.

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